A fire at the Marshall football stadium over the weekend has been ruled an arson, the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s office told the Herald-Dispatch. A $5,000 reward has been offered for any information that could lead to those responsible.
“The ruling is arson and it is under investigation,” said Tim Chastain, an investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s office. “The fire marshal’s office and MUPD (Marshall University Police Department) will be the lead law enforcement agencies on the criminal investigation.”
Flames were reportedly placed against a fence outside of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, before the flames climbed a light tower and caused electrical damage.
As a result of the electrical damage, this weekend’s game against Charlotte could be delayed.
Along with the fire outside of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, a local business owner also had multiple portable toilets set on fire and destroyed which led to the belief that vandalism was involved.
We’ll have to see if the damage can be fixed by Saturday’s scheduled kickoff at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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