Police Charge Student For Allegedly Starting Fire At College

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – A dormitory fire last month sent some students at Notre Dame College scrambling out into the cold. That fear turned to anger on Monday as the students began to hear that one of their own was arrested for intentionally starting the blaze, 19/43 News' Paul Orlousky reported.

"I thought something went wrong," Notre Dame student Maria Toth said. "Now that I heard somebody actually did it, it makes me angry."

There had been many false alarms at the college in recent months, so some students didn't take it seriously when the fire alarms went off. Fortunately, no one has hurt, but now students deal with the thought that someone intentionally put their lives in serious danger.

"It was very scary for all of us students," Notre Dame student Erin Lynch said.

Police said they believe that the fire at Harks Hall was no accident -- it was arson.

On Monday morning, 19/43 News exclusively learned details of the weekend arrest of one student. It was announced later in the afternoon that 18-year-old Adam Penzenik, a Geneva native, had been charged with aggravated arson.

Police also said they believe that a second student was involved in setting the fire. Right now, the second student has not been arrested or charged, but he is expected to turn himself into police at some point on Tuesday.

Police said they are confident that bringing these two suspects to justice will not only solve the arson mystery, but it will eliminate the false alarm problem.

Penzenik is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.