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Update: Wild Weekend In Chico Includes 400 Police Calls, Fires in the Streets

Published On: Feb 25 2013 09:56:40 PM CST
Chico Riot photo
CHICO, Calif. -

Fighting, partying and furniture lit on fire were all part of the giant 'party' in the middle of the south campus neighborhood in Chico.

All available police resources were called out and on Monday, they said enough is enough.
The mayhem in the middle of the south campus neighborhood brought out every on-duty police officer in the city and leaving 90 percent of Chico without any police protection.
“There was a huge brawl and people yelling, 'Chico! Chico!'” said Jessica Zirbell.
Zirbell was at that fight around 11:30 p.m. and it wasn't the only thing she said she saw.
“There was a huge fire everywhere,” said Zirbell.
In fact, police say there were 12 fires lit on Sixth St. between Chestnut and Ivy.
Fire crews forced to put out mattresses, garbage cans, and even couches.
"They had their hands full Saturday night,” said Lt. Mike O’Brien of Chico Police.

Chico Police say they were so busy Saturday night they got nearly 400 calls in a 12 and half hour period.

“We do beef up on the weekend.  We had 22 officers working Saturday night -- 22!” said O’Brien.
In addition to controlling the chaos near campus those 22 officers had a laundry list of incidents:

1 Burglary
5 Assaults
2 DUIs
1 Resisting Arrest
8 Drunk In Public
2 Arrest Warrants
3 Detained for Mental Health concerns

All contributing to an environment police say is "not safe from violent crimes during the weekend."

These events followed just 18 hours after Chico State's "Call to Action" summit -- a conference in which city leaders and citizens came together in attempting to change Chico's "party-town" image.

“I think they can try but people are not going to stop drinking or partying,” said Zirbell.

Chico State said Monday that they hope the incident wasn't in response to the “Call to Action” and it will not prevent them from moving forward.

Chico Police is calling the partiers' behavior “irresponsible and fueled by alcohol, egos and tempers.”