Teenager Arrested on Suspicion of Arson in Fires Near SDSU

A teenager was arrested Saturday, accused of setting a series of fires over several days near the university where she was once enrolled as a student.

Madelyn Delarosa, 19, is accused of arson, San Diego State University campus police said.

The former San Diego State University student is suspected in several small fires that were sparked this week including a car fire Saturday in the garage of the Granada Apartment building on Hardy Drive.

Most of the residents in the apartment building are SDSU students.

Frank Feeney lives in the building and captured the fire in a Snapchat video.

“It's scary,” he told NBC 7. “I've lived here three years and this is the first time I've actually been afraid to go home at night.”

Fire alarms in the building went off at 8 a.m. and residents left the building.

Firefighters put out that fire and there were no injuries reported.

Then, Saturday evening, the fire rekindled and the same car started burning.

Residents had to evacuate again.

There was a lot of smoke, but no damage to the building. The car was towed away with significant damage to the front windshield and hood.

On Thursday, there was a small car fire near campus. On Friday, a separate fire was started at a nearby apartment building, police said.

Along with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Metro Arson Strike Team, SDSU police were able to connect all the fires to the suspect. The motive is still unclear.

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