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Man arrested in probe of California elementary school fires

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 13:56:15-04

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man in an investigation of a series of fires set at a Northern California elementary school.

The East Bay Times reports Saturday that 24-year-old Jason Allen was arrested for investigation of eight fires lit at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.

Authorities say the fires set early on Thursday and Friday damaged school structures and a fence bordering the campus.

They say video surveillance and other evidence led to the arrest.

The school is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

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Information from: East Bay Times, http://www.eastbaytimes.com