Cops and Courts

Two arrested for couch fire following Backyard Brawl

An investigation into a fire that occurred on Sept. 1, had led to two suspects, one of whom is a student at West Virginia University, being arrested by City of Morgantown Fire Marshals.

According to a press release from the City of Morgantown, investigators determined Jaden Fisher, 20, of Charleston, and Cole Binion, 19, of St. Albans, set fire to a couch in the middle of Cornell Avenue at about11 p.m. – shortly after WVU’s football game against the University of Pittsburgh.

The men used gasoline as an accelerant, the release said, which created a dangerous situation in the street.

According to information from WVU Executive Director of Communications April Kaull, Binion is currently enrolled as a WVU student, but Fisher is not a student at the university.

“The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, along with University Police, is working with the city’s fire marshals as their investigation continues,” she said.  “Any student found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct could face additional sanctions from the University up to and including suspension or expulsion.”

Fisher and Binion were charged with malicious burning and both have been released after posting $500 bond each.

The Morgantown Fire Department asks that anyone with additional information about this fire contact them at 304-284-7480.