DAVIS, CA - A fraternity house near UC Davis could have easily exploded over the weekend and it appears someone wanted it to happen, according to the Davis Police Department.
Police said someone opened gas valves and started a fire at the Kappa Sigma fraternity on the 600 block of Adams Street early Sunday morning.
The fire caused minor damage in the kitchen and no one was hurt, but members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity were understandably shaken.
"A little bit on edge, but we had an officer stay the night so that helped us feel a little safer," said Freddie Aguilar, fraternity vice president. "Everybody is really cautious right now. We're definitely taking this really seriously."
Police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said as of Monday, the motive was still unknown.
"We're hoping to discover the motive through the interviews and through the evidence,"Glasgow said.
"The evidence that we have indicates that the gas leak was set deliberately as well as the fire."
Glasgow would not elaborate on what type of evidence was found.
Fifteen students live at the fraternity. Six were home at the time of the fire.
Officers were patrolling other fraternities and sororities over the weekend, but were pretty sure this was an isolated incident, suggesting someone intentionally targeted Kappa Sigma.
Fraternity members said they had a Halloween party the night before but said everyone inside was a friend.
"I'm not looking for revenge. We just want to figure out why this happened and what the motive is," Aguilar said.
By Nick Monacelli, firstname.lastname@example.org