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Three arsons in two weeks at Cornell University: Some concerned about what’s happening

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The Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) has issued alerts following a string of fire-related incidents on campus, marking the third reported case of arson within two weeks.

The latest incident occurred in Donlon Hall, a residence on the north campus, where a section of the ceiling in the east stairwell was found damaged by fire. Officers responded to the situation on Sunday evening, however, the exact time of the fire remains unknown, with damage first being observed on September 21.

The investigation is ongoing and, currently, there is no available description of any suspects.


Previously, another arson incident was reported in Donlon Hall on September 13, where a light fixture in the northeast stairwell was damaged by fire. The fire had been extinguished before the arrival of emergency personnel, and the time it was set, along with suspect details, remains unknown.

Additionally, a sign damaged by fire in an elevator was found in nearby Ganędagǫ: Hall on August 30, but CUPD wasn’t notified until September 19.

Cornell University Police Department and Cornell University Fire Marshal’s office are actively investigating these incidents and have requested anyone with information to contact the Cornell Public Safety Communications Center at 607-255-1111. The sequence of arsons has raised concerns among the campus community regarding safety and vigilance.