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Hamden PD: Two Quinnipiac University Students Arrested After Intentionally Setting Dorm Fires

Two Quinnipiac University students were arrested in connection with fires in three dormitory bathrooms and a couple of trash cans early Friday morning, police said.

Bernhard Wright, 19, of Oslo, Norway, and Carmelo Fazzolari, 18, of Manalapan, N.J., were charged with third-degree arson, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless burning and third-degree criminal mischief.

Another student suffered a burn to his hand trying to move a burning trash can, police said.

Police and firefighters responded to the university about 11:30 a.m. and learned that two students, later identified as Wright and Fazzolari, lit fires in The Commons dormitory between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The dorm houses 482 students.

Several other students, who witnessed the fires, reported them to a resident adviser and the adviser contacted the maintenance department.

The Hamden fire marshal’s office determined that fires were set in two trash cans and several bathroom stalls. The fire was intentionally set, the fire marshal said.

“Both students have been suspended from the university pending their conduct meeting,” a spokesperson from the university said. "The university does not tolerate any behavior that endangers members of the university community.”

Wright and Fazzolari were released after posting $1,000 bail and are both scheduled to appear in Meriden on Nov. 30.

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