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Infinite Corridor of several garbage fires

By Rachel Schleimer

Arsonists set three fires last Friday evening in bathrooms on the first floor of the Infinite Corridor, according to James Olivieri, chief of the Campus Police.

The first incident occurred when waste paper in a metal trash container was set on fire in a men's room in Building 3. A physical plant worker reported the fire at 2:54 am.

The Campus Police notified the Cambridge Fire Department, which extinguished the fire easily, Oliveri said.

Two additional fires were set later that evening, again in trash containers, in women's rooms located in Buildings 4 and 10. The Campus Police estimate that the second and third fires were set at approximately 4 am. The Cambridge Fire Department quickly put out the waste paper fires.

Campus Police officers were dispatched and completed a large-scale patrol of the main buildings in order to verify that no other fires had gone undetected, Oliveri said. Neither additional fires nor possible suspects were observed.

Two patrol officers were assigned to remain on patrol for the remainder of the evening.

The case is currently being investigated by the Cambridge Fire Department arson squad. The arson squad previously announced a policy of charging MIT students who set fires with arson -- a felony crime.