Officials: Homeless man not suspected in Rivers Ave fire

(Source: Candice Singleton)
(Source: Candice Singleton)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Fire Department officials now say a man mentioned in a police report as an arson suspect was not responsible for a fire at a vacant building on Rivers Avenue.

Fire department spokeswoman Bianca Sancic issued a statement Tuesday indicating the alibi provided by a homeless man a fire investigator called a suspect checked out. The man had told authorities he was at a downtown hospital at the time of the fire.

Biancic would not state if the fire department was investigating the fire as arson, even though it was noted in the incident report from Sunday that a fire investigator told police the fire appeared to be the work of an arsonist.

The building, located in the 4800 block of Rivers Avenue near Value Place, has been vacant for some time. Traffic was closed in the area for a little over an hour while crews extinguished the flames.

The investigation into the fire continues, according to Sancic.

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