A week after suspicious fires were being investigated at a Washington State Univesity fraternity house, the Pullman Police Department has released body camera footage of the fire.
According to reports, several fires were started outside of the Theta Chi fraternity house on Sunday, September 16. Police said that investigators found five separate ignition points near the Theta Chi fraternity house, including in the patio area and front of the house.
Following a brief investigation, 19-year-old Isaac Scott DePaolo was arrested and charged with first-degree arson. He was also charged with two counts of second-degree arson for a dumpster fire and vehicle fire that were reported in the area and one count of unlawful entry into the vehicle to start the fire.
via Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
The fire destroyed a wooden deck behind the fraternity house and was one of several fires discovered around the brick structure on the 800 block of NE C Street, according to a PFD news release Sunday. The release stated several fraternity members were awakened around 5:15 a.m. by the sound of the deck fire. They called 911 and tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose and worked to keep it from spreading to the structure.
According to court documents, DePaolo is a former Eastern Washington State University student who was angry about being kicked out a fraternity party on WSU’s Greek row. However, he claims he doesn’t remember because he was “intoxicated.”
Thankfully, the Theta Chi fraternity house was not damaged and no one was hurt in the fire.
Newly released footage shows exactly how out of control the fires were.
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