A Chico State student was charged with setting fire to a former female high school classmate’s home on two separate occasions.
Landon Cramer was arrested last Wednesday for two counts of arson, possessing an incendiary device and burglary, and one count of cruelty to an animal, reported the San Jose Mercury News. He is currently out on $500,000 bail.
The first fire at the teenage girl’s home occurred on Oct. 28. Police investigations into the cause of the fire revealed that it was likely the result of arson, as some kind of liquid accelerant was found in both the family room and the bedroom of the family's teenage daughter, according to KRCRTV.com.
No one inside was hurt, except the family dog which had to be resuscitated after smoke inhalation.
The second suspected incident of arson took place on Jan. 12. Again, no one suffered any injuries.
Sgt. Kerry Harris explained that after a discussion of possible suspects, Cramer was singled out.
“There was a dynamic going on that led them to have some initial concerns he might be involved," Harris said.
Harris added that Cramer and the teenage girl were not romantically involved, and that Cramer’s motives remain a mystery.