Fire intentionally set at Savoy bus shelter

Fire intentionally set at Savoy bus shelter

SAVOY - A Champaign woman was given a notice to appear in court after Champaign County sheriff's deputies determined she was allegedly involved in starting a fire at a bus shelter in Savoy Monday night.

Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said a preliminary report said that police and Savoy firefighters were called to a Mass Transit District bus shelter that was on fire at the Indigo Apartments, 117 Sterling Court, at 7:35 p.m.

Coile said firefighters quickly put out the fire, determined to have been started when a poster inside was set on fire.

Deputies later located Octavia Sunderland, 18, who listed an address in the 900 block of West Kirby Avenue, at the Savoy 16 movie theater. She was given a notice to appear in court at a later date on a preliminary charge of criminal damage to property. The state's attorney's office will determine what formal charges to file once it reviews the report.

Since the report was not complete, Coile said he didn't know how his colleagues were led to Sunderland but said there was a witness.

The MTD estimated damage to the shelter at $7,500, Coile said. 

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