ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Naval Academy confirmed it is investigating a series of small fires that have occurred over the last few weeks on the campus of service academy.
Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said there have been seven confirmed fires set since Sept. 9. All of these incidents were confined to garbage cans, and there was very little to no damage to property other than the garbage cans.
Schofield added that the fires occurred in the midshipmen dormitory, Bancroft Hall, and four other academic buildings. Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity police and fire assets responded each time, he said.
Schofield said while the possibility exists that these incidents were either pranks or circumstantial accidents, the Naval Academy nevertheless has asked NCIS to investigate. Midshipmen and Naval Academy staff have implemented additional security watches in Bancroft Hall and academic buildings due to the incidents.
“At no time was the safety of the midshipmen, staff, faculty or residents of USNA in danger…,” Schofield said. The security and safety of everyone here in the Naval Academy family is among our top priorities.”
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