APPLETON - A Chicago man has been arrested after allegedly setting fires at a Lawrence University dorm. Appleton police say 19-year old Antonio Gonzalez was visiting a friend at the school.
About 160 students in Lawrence University's Trever Hall had a rude awakening Friday morning : the fire alarm.
"The building was evacuated quickly, students cooperated," said Dean of Students Nancy Truesdell.
Authorities say 19-year-old Chicagoan Antonio Gonzalez was the reason for the early wake-up call.
"He was visiting a friend, they went out drinking, came back, he went upstairs and thought it would be a good idea to pull out his lighter and start lighting some papers on dorm doors," explained Appleton Police Lieutenant Mike Frisch.
Luckily the resulting smoke only caused a hassle for students.
"Out of their rooms about 3 hours. Obviously the most important thing is nobody was injured," Truesdell told FOX 11.
School officials would not let us inside the dorm, but told us it was not badly damaged.
"The damage is really quite minimal, damage of the sort of scorching, black marks, smoke marks," explained Truesdell.
Truesdell told us no Lawrence students are in trouble for what happened. Students are allowed to have guests in dorms and still will be.
"We do require that our students take responsibility for their guests and in this case, the police have arrested someone. That person will be held accountable," said Truesdell.
Police say the lesson here is underage drinking is a bad idea.
"We know at that age our inhibitions are already low as it is and when you drink alcohol they get even lower," said Frisch.
Gonzalez was charged with negligent handling of burning material. He faces fines and possible jail time.
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