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Aftermath following WVU-Texas game includes several fires

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Several law enforcement agencies in Monongalia County were prepared to deal with the aftermath of the WVU and Texas game on Saturday.  That is according to WOWK's sister station, WBOY-TV.

Approximately 1,000 people took to the streets in the Sunnyside area in Morgantown, officials said.

About 50 police officers wearing protective helmets, gas masks, and body armor and carrying crowd control batons were repeatedly pelted by bottles, rocks, and other objects as they attempted to gain control of the crowd.

Officers used pepper spray canisters, and CS gas against groups which were also setting fires, fighting, and attempting to overturn vehicles.

The crowd eventually dispersed.  Several officers received minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.

The Morgantown Fire Department put out 35 fires, and the Morgantown City Fire Marshal's Office has charged five people with malicious burning. Additional charges may be pending.

Those charged with Malicious Burning include: Andrew Thompson of Centerville, Virginia; David Joseph Costa of Germantown, Maryland; Robert F. Comorosky of Loveland, Ohio; Alexander Zuo Malverin of Pennsylvania; and Brett Zachary Stevens of Highland, Maryland.

The last fire was reported Sunday morning at 6:28 a.m. on Allen Avenue. Investigators are continuing to review information and follow up on multiple leads.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact the Morgantown Arson Tip-line at (304) 225-3586. Twenty-four street fires and 11 dumpster fires were reported, officials said. Property damages assessments were also underway Sunday afternoon. An energized light pole was toppled and thrown into a fire on Grant Avenue.

Police arrested 10 people with charges ranging from battery on an officer to resisting arrest.

Officials will be meeting this week to discuss response options to future problems.

Agencies responding were Morgantown Police Department, West Virginia University Department of Public Safety, Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, Granville Police Department, Westover Police Department, Morgantown Fire Department, and Morgantown Street Department.