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UW campus damaged during string of small fires in the University District

Courtesy of University of Waterloo.

A 27 year old Kitchener man has been arrested and is facing a number of charges following a string of small fires in the University district yesterday evening.

Regional police say between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. yesterday, fires were set in a washroom trash can at Crabby Joe’s located on University near Weber, and a Starbucks location on King Street near University.

Police say at both locations staff were able to put out the fires before there was any damage.

Following those fires, a third fire was started at 11:15 p.m. in the Biology building at the University of Waterloo.

Waterloo Fire Rescue were called to the scene and put out the flames.

No one was injured as a result.

Matthew Grant with the University of Waterloo says specific locations within their campus will be closed for the next few days as a precaution until further notice.

“A small area in Biology 1, the west wing of the Physics, and portions of the science and technology centre which will be closed pending further review and investigation.”

Grant says no classes have been cancelled but some classes will be moved to another location until those areas are safe.

“The areas that are closed will only be reopened when we are 100 per cent confident that they are ready to be reopened. A few days will be a minimum expectation.”

Grant adds students will be notified when these areas will reopen and classes will resume at their usual location.

There are no damage estimates at this time.