MARYSVILLE, CA - A 25-year-old Marysville man was arrested on Saturday morning on suspicion of starting numerous small fires around Marysville High School and Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts, said police.
CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Mike Carr told the Appeal Democrat CAL FIRE and Marysville firefighters, as well as Marysville police officers responded to a call of a bush fire at the high school around 12:30 a.m. Upon arrival, crews discovered and extinguished a tree fire near the district office.
An ensuing investigation of the area revealed a dumpster fire in the parking lot of the high school and a burning garbage can and kiosk on fire at the charter school.
Corey Michael Sherrin, who was discovered leaving the campus on a bicycle, was questioned and subsequently arrested on suspicion of arson, said Carr.
Sherrin is suspected of having started as many as six fires on school grounds, and investigators are looking into whether he is connected to an arson fire in December that caused severe damage to the academy, Carr said.
The six fires were estimated to have caused approximately $250 in damage to the charter school and $50 in damages to the high school, Carr said.
Sherrin, a former Marysville High School student, was previously arrested by Yuba City police on March 21 on suspicion of burglary, according to the Appeal-Democrat. He is being held at Yuba Count Jail on $50,000 bail.
According to Carr, an investigation into Saturday's fire, as well as Sherrin's possible involvement with the December fire at the academy and a similar fire near a local Mervyn's recently are all ongoing.
Anyone with information related to any fires started in Marysville in recent months is asked to call the CAL FIRE Marysville office at 741-6622 or Marysville Police Department at 749-3900.