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Monday, April 30, 2012

OU Palmer Fest Fire Ruled Arson, Officials Say

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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By now you've likely read the reports on what happened this weekend at Ohio University, where students clashed with Athens police after the annual shit-show Palmer Fest was interrupted by a house fire. Now state investigators say the spark that ignited the unfortunate public disturbance was intentionally lit.

After the fire was initially reported on Palmer Street Saturday night, Athens officials declared the area a riot zone, likely with visions of Kent's recent upheaval flashing before their eyes. Police reportedly tangled with some boozed-up partygoers who weren't keen on evacuating, but the chaos seems to have been milder than what took place a couple weeks back.

Now that the smoke has settled, officials say the OU fire was the result of arson, according to the Dispatch.

The rental house were the blaze began was broken into, and the fire was set in the basement. No one was hurt.The state is playing most of the details close to the chest, but they are offering $5,000 to anyone with information that can help catch those responsible.

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