Former student arrested for fire set at Livermore High

Police seize 18-year-old after chase from school grounds

A former student at Livermore High School was arrested on suspicion of arson Tuesday after allegedly starting three fires at the school, police said.

Police received a radio report from the high school at 600 Maple St. at 4:20 p.m. alerting them that arson had been committed in the administration building, Livermore police Sgt. Kevin Santin said.

The fire was started in the hallway using lighter fluid or some other accelerant, and was extinguished by the school resource officer, who

then contacted police.

Witnesses saw a male suspect running out of the building shortly after, and two other fires had been started in the building, Santin said.

Police arrived on the scene about five minutes later and spotted a suspect nearby at the corner of McLoed and Third streets.

The suspect fled on foot from officers, who chased him for two blocks before tackling him at the corner of McLoed and First streets.

Police arrested 18-year-old Livermore resident Alessio Piras, a former student at Livermore High School who currently attends another school in the district, Santin said.

Santin said that police have evidence and witnesses implicating Piras in the fires.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Safe Not Sorry-Protect our Schools
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Arson fires, Protection of our kids, and the Importance of the facilities to our communities are reasons why Codes now require ALL new school buildings, and schools that have significant modifications to be fire sprinklered.
They work. It is better to have a small fire automatically controlled, than to have lives at risk, and large fire damage to repair.
Livermore has had a fire sprinkler ordinance since 1985.
How many of our schools have fire sprinklers?

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Posted by John D
a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

First you say 19 year old seized. Then you say 18 year old arrested. Are you sure your story is accurate. Just sayin'

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

"fire sprinklered"

I like it. I like it!


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