The Vermillion Fire Department Saturday night responded to a fire call that turned out to be criminal in nature.
According to Vermillion Fire Chief Matt Callahan, the department responded to an activated fire alarm Saturday night at 7:00 PM at Julian Hall addition on the campus of the University of South Dakota.
University police officers entered the third floor of the building and reported smoke was present and they evacuated the building. The building where the alarm occurred is currently vacant.
Callahan says as fire crews entered the building, they discovered multiple fire extinguisher boxes had been triggered and fire extinguishers discharged throughout the building.
The University of South Dakota Police Department are investigating the incident. Anyone with information on the criminal activity is urged to contact the police department at 605-658-6199.