14-year-old boy charged with setting downtown Nunan Street fire

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 14-year-old boy is behind bars Friday for allegedly starting a fire that swallowed up three houses and three cars in downtown Charleston last month.

Charleston police officers arrested a 14-year-old boy after they say the boy set a fire on Nunan Street which damaged three and three vehicles.

The juvenile is charged with third-degree arson, three counts of malicious injury to personal property and three counts of malicious injury to real property. He is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.

"It's kind of scary that kids that young are doing this kind of destruction," said neighbor Katie Tucker. "It's terrible."

On Dec. 28 around 9:55 a.m., police and fire officials arrived at 13 Nunan Street and found the building on fire. The fire damaged buildings at 11 Nunan Street and 15 Nunan Street. The smoke from the fire could be seen from the Ravenel Bridge and other parts of the Charleston area.

Tucker lives next door to the charred buildings. She says the talk of the block is that several young kids started the fire.

"I heard there were a couple of kids that ran out of the house, so that's all that I know," she said.

Two men were living at 13 Nunan St., which was totally destroyed, but they were not at home when the fire started around 10 that morning. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes and no one was injured.

Investigators say the fire is not related to the peninsula area suspicious fires. Police are continuing the investigation.

The men who lived in the home say someone had thrown a cement block at their door earlier that same morning. They thought the damage to their door was related to the fire. They also said in another incident, the front windows to the home had been broken by kids in the neighborhood.

The windows had been boarded up. The men said it was their family home where they had lived for years. The family said Thursday that they have no comment about the recent arrest.

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