MEDINA -- Davon Phillips, 19, of Medina, was arrested and charged with aggravated arson. He is accused of setting a fire discovered at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday inside the Medina High School Performing Arts Center.
A June graduate, Phillips was hired to work this summer at the school as a custodial worker. He was arrested hours after the fire.
Fire departments from Medina City and Medina Township Fire Department, as well as Medina Life Support Team, responded to the blaze and quickly put it out, limiting damage to the rear stage work room.
No damage estimate is yet available. Investigators report the room in the rear stage area was used to build sets for productions at the Performing Arts Center and contained a supply of wooden building materials.
Phillips is being held at the Medina County Jail pending a hearing before Medina Municipal Court Judge Dale Chase.
The Medina County Arson Task Force also assisted in the investigation.