A College of the Sequoias student was arrested Tuesday after allegedly starting 11 fires on the Visalia campus within two days.
Josiah Banks, 20, was arrested and his bail set at $50,000 after police found him near the latest fires, said COS spokeswoman Lauren Fishback.
Around 11:40 a.m. Monday, a fire was reported in the men’s bathroom of the Sierra building. Shortly after, another fire was started in the men’s bathroom of the nearby Sequoia building, Fishback said.
Then 1 1/2 hours later, three more fires were started in different bathrooms on campus, which prompted campus police, the Visalia Fire Department and college staff to respond.
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Three more fires were started after 3 p.m., totaling 9 by 6:30 p.m., Fishback said.
Two more fires started around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said they saw a man with a certain distinctive backpack leaving the scenes.
Banks was found nearby and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on suspicion of 11 counts of arson.
Fishback did not say how much damage the fires caused.