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Public Safety investigates cases of arson on campus

Fire in Fine

Classes in Fine Hall will not be held on April 8-9 after a fire around midnight on Sunday, April 7 broke out. 

Source: Isabel Hsu / The Daily Princetonian

At approximately 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8, the Department of Public Safety alerted the University community to potential cases of arson on campus. Four cases of arson have occurred in the past four days. 

According to the Tiger Alert, DPS is currently investigating these fires and whether they are connected.


The first incident occurred the evening of Friday, April 5, in the men’s restroom at Princeton Stadium, causing minor damages.

The second incident caused the most significant amount of damage. The fire in the classroom on the 12th floor of Fine Hall on the evening of Saturday, April 6, similarly caused minor fire damage, but the building suffered from significant additional water damage. One of the firefighters needed medical assistance and was taken to the hospital. That firefighter has since been released.

The DPS responded to the third incident in the women’s restroom at Princeton Stadium the morning of Sunday, April 7, which had burned itself out. The fire was apparently been set between Friday night and Sunday morning and caused minor damages.

The fourth and most recent incident was reported the morning of Monday, April 8, in Jadwin Hall. The fire also caused minor damages.

Deputy University Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss gave no additional comment when contacted by The Daily Princetonian.

The Tiger Alert also advised all members of the University to follow their general crime prevention tips and to contact the DPS at 609-258-1000 with any information related to these incidents.