Bond reduced for man suspected of setting downtown home on fire

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was reduced from $300,000 to $175,000 for a 55-year-old man accused of setting a downtown Charleston home on fire two years ago.

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday morning for suspected arsonist Kenneth Boone. The judge reduced Boone's bond by $125,000 ordered him on house arrest.

Court affidavits say Boone asked a man to be a lookout while he set a fire on Montagu Street.

Boone allegedly told the lookout he was setting the fire to profit later from making repairs to the house. The lookout told police he and Boone repaired the house soon after the fire.

Boone is charged with setting the downtown fire and two others in Hollywood. He has not yet been linked to the more than 55 arson fires reported on the peninsula over the past ten years.

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