Davon Phillips, 19, was charged with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony. He could face up to 11 years in jail. He'll appear in court tomorrow morning.
The fire burned down a wood pile in the backstage room, but the sprinkler system and fire curtain worked perfectly to contain the blaze. Set pieces for upcoming shows “The Wizard of Oz” and “Songs of a New World" haven't yet been constructed, so those potential losses were avoided, according to Performing Arts Center management.
Phillips, who graduated earlier this month, also works as a custodian at the school.
Any motive for the crime remains unclear.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.