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Investigators looking into possibility of serial arsonist

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Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh, left, investigates the scene of a massive fire at 247 Rutledge on June 30. (Natalie Caula/WCIV) Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh, left, investigates the scene of a massive fire at 247 Rutledge on June 30. (Natalie Caula/WCIV)

By Natalie Caula
ncaula@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Four downtown fires. Ten days. Lots of questions.

Charleston Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh says they believe at least two of the fires were intentionally set. The others are under investigation and show similarities.

The first happened on June 26 on Fishburne Street. Two days later, on June 28 there was a porch fire on Cannon Street, Julazadeh says was intentional.

Then, two days after that, on June 30, there were two fires on Rutledge. One was a massive fire that damaged several homes and vehicles. Another, a much smaller blaze, which investigators say was reported after the fact. Julazadeh says that fire was also intentionally set.

All of them were started in the porch area of the downtown homes. Since 2003, there have been about 50 suspicious fires in downtown Charleston and investigators want to know if a serial arsonist is to blame.

On Tuesday night firefighters went door-to-door, offering safety tips and installing smoke alarms. They also hope to gather more information and possibly clues in the Rutledge Avenue and Bogard Street fire that happened on June 30th.

Fire investigators want anyone who has any information to contact their office. They also urge people to report every fire, even if it's minor.


 

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Four downtown fires. Ten days. Lots of questions.

Charleston Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh says they believe at least two of the fires were intentionally set. The others are under investigation and show similarities.

The first happened on June 26 on Fishburne Street. Two days later, on June 28 there was a porch fire on Cannon Street, Julazadeh says was intentional.
Then, two days after that, on June 30, there were two fires on Rutledge. One was a massive fire that damaged several homes and vehicles. Another, a much smaller blaze, which investigators say was reported after the fact.  

All of them were started in the porch area of the downtown homes. Since 2003, there have been about 50 suspicious fires in downtown Charleston and investigators want to know if a serial arsonist is to blame.

Tuesday night firefighters went door to door, offering safety tips and installing smoke alarms. They also hope to gather more information and possibly clues in the Rutledge Avenue and Bogard Street fire that happened on June 30th.

Julazadeh says on June 26th, a fire happened on 124 Fishburne Street. He says it was not reported until after the fact and is similar to several other fires in the area.

Two days later, on June 28th, a fire happened around 1:30 A.M. on 96 Cannon Street. Julazadeh says they believe this one was intentionally set. Two days after that, on June 30th, a fire burned through two homes on Rutledge and Bogard. That same day, someone reported putting out another fire on Rutledge. Tat fire officials say was set intentionally. This one too was set on the porch.

Fire investigators want anyone who has any information to contact their office. They also urge people to report every fire, even if it's minor.

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