CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 14-year-old boy started a downtown Charleston fire using a cigarette lighter on a home's curtains, which ignited the blaze that damaged three houses and three cars on Nunan Street, according to a source.
The juvenile was arrested Thursday and 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.
Several neighbors reported seeing kids in the area when the house went up in flames. Jaretta Davis says something caught her eye while she was walking to her next door neighbors apartment.
"There was a bunch of kids running and boom," she says. "That's when we saw the fire."
Another neighbor, Stephan Aiken says he saw the same thing.
"Young kids from 13 to 14 year olds, young kids," says Aiken. "One second there was no fire and the next second it's a huge fire."