An Elyria man has been arrested for allegedly setting a garbage bin fire at Ely School.
Elyria police were dispatched to Ely School, 312 Gulf Road, at 9 p.m. Sunday for a report of the fire.
Three witnesses told police that they saw a shirtless white male and what appeared to be a pregnant female light a T-shirt on fire and throw it into the bin near the school, according to police. The witnesses told police they thought something had exploded inside it, and said that flames were as high as the school building.
The Elyria Fire Department extinguished the fire and contained it to the bin, which was located within a few feet of the school. The bin’s plastic lid was melted and its contents were burned.
The witnesses told police the male and female left the area on foot heading toward Walgreens.
Sgt. Thomas Wade stopped two people matching the suspects’ description on Pasadena Avenue near Cleveland Street. He identified them as Donovan Perkins, 21, of Fairlawn Avenue in Elyria, and a 17-year-old female.
Perkins said he and the female were coming from a friend’s house near Ely School. When told that witnesses had seen him throw a lit shirt into the garbage bin, Perkins said he was “sorry,” and told officers he didn’t think it would start the bin on fire.
Perkins was arrested for arson and transported to the Lorain County Jail.
The juvenile female was released on scene.