KSU Army ROTC vehicles burned, possibly arson

KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities are investigating how two 15-passenger vans got set on fire early Monday morning on Kent State University’s main campus, according to a university spokesperson.

Police received a call at 2:33 a.m. Monday about a vehicle on fire at the Terrace parking lot on campus off East Main Street, according to Kent State University spokesperson Emily Vincent.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they noticed another van on fire, according to Vincent. Both vehicles belonged to the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, or ROTC.

Police believe someone set the cars on fire, but are investigating the incident along with the Ohio State Fire Marshal. The state is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the arson.

The ROTC buildings at both Kent State and Youngstown State University are on lockdown because of a heightened security risk and all ROTC students at both Kent State and Youngstown State University are being told not to wear their uniforms until further notice as a safety precaution, Vincent said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal at 1-800-589-2728.

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