Disturbing trend involves college students setting couches on fire during parties


CHICO (KRON) — Some Chico State University students are nearly burning down their houses after setting the fire themselves.

That is because the less-than-new trend during parties is to set your couch on fire, sometimes even your mattress.

Those that live in the area call them “burnings,” and according to students, you can walk around the street almost any night and see one.

This is video from a 2014 couch fire that burned a house down. This is an example of why Chico fire is deploying an undercover team.

The fire chief said there were more than 200 intentionally set fires last year, creating some close calls. Fire investigators on the new undercover teams will be on the streets educating people.

They are also there to bust the ones that do not listen.

Chico fire said they will be using social media, like Snapchat, to catch people who are not practicing fire safety.

CNN contributed to this report

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