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Former SDSU student arrested in connection with a string of fires on campus

Posted at 11:19 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 02:19:53-04

COLLEGE AREA (KGTV) - A former San Diego State University student was arrested for arson on Saturday, according to university police.

Madelyn Delarosa is reportedly connected to a string of fires within the College Area. Campus police arrested Delarosa on Saturday morning after, they say, she started a fire in a parking garage. The fire reignited Saturday night. Students were evacuated from the Granada on Hardy Apartments both times.

Police say Delarosa's crimes started on Thursday, March 14th, around 11 a.m., when a university police officer spotted a parked vehicle on fire near the 5500 block of Hardy Avenue.

The officer successfully extinguished the fire, police said. There were no injuries.

Officers were then notified of another fire involving the exterior door of an apartment in the 5600 block of Hardy Avenue, according to a police press release. That fire was extinguished before crews arrived and no one was injured.

On Friday, March 15th, at around 8:30 a.m., community members notified police of another fire involving an apartment near the 5500 block of Montezuma Road. There were no injuries, and the fire went out on its own.

Delarosa was arrested for possession of arson materials, arson of an inhabited structure, and arson to property. The motive is still under investigation.