Investigators looking for witness in downtown fire

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have released a sketch of a person who authorities consider a witness to a fire in downtown on Saturday.

The fire happened on 54 Vanderhorst Street when a man knocked on a home and told the homeowner there was a fire on her breezeway.

The Charleston Fire Department says the fire started in a plastic recycling bin located in the breezeway area of the home. With the assistance of the man, the resident was quickly able to put the fire out.

Authorities are asking for help in locating the person that alerted the resident to the fire. The fire department says that the individual is considered a witness and not a suspect.

The individual is described as a white male, approximately 22 years old, 5'10'', with medium build, blond hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a gray sweater and white tennis shoes.

Investigators are asking the person to contact the Charleston Police Department or the Charleston Fire Department at 843-577-7434 to discuss the incident. The Peninsula Arson Task Force is also reminding citizens in the area to please report any suspicious activity or fire immediately to 911. 

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