Newport News, VA—All classes have been canceled at Christopher Newport University and most buildings are closed, as four suspicious fires that took place on campus Tuesday are investigated.
The school sent out an alert at 12:19 p.m., alerting students and staff about a small trash can fire in the men's restroom in the David Student Union. Newport News Fire Department responded to the scene, and the fire was quickly extinguished. The building has since reopened.
At 2:39 p.m., another alert was sent out about a small fire in the women's restroom of the Freeman center, the school's sports and convocation arena. This fire was able to be put out with a fire extinguisher. The building reopened right before 4:00 p.m.
The sprinkler system activated in McMurran Hall's men's restroom, and extinguished a fire; the school sent out an alert about this incident, as well.
Two additional fires were reported in restrooms in Forbes Hall. Both were extinguished quickly, and left very little physical damage.
All of the fires are being investigated as suspicious; a Virginia State Police fire investigator is leading the investigation, while Newport News Fire Marshall's office is providing support and assistance to students.
There were no injuries reported in the incidents. Classes will resume at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday.
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