Suspected arsonist Kenny Boone released on $175K bond

Kenneth Boone. (Source: CCDC)
Kenneth Boone. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of setting a downtown home on fire nearly three years ago was released from jail Thursday night after posting a $175,000 bond.

Kenneth Boone was charged with arson in connection to a Montague Street home fire that took place in 2010. Boone, who has been in jail since November of last year, has posted bond, according to his attorney David Aylor.

Boone's bond was originally set at $300,000, but was reduced to $175,000  during a preliminary hearing in December 2012.

According to court affidavits, Boone asked a man to be a lookout while he set fire to a home located at 48 Montague Street on December 9, 2010.

Investigators say Boone told the witness that after the fire, he would make repairs to the home for a profit.

Boone was also charged with setting two homes in Hollywood on fire.

Since Boone's arrest, investigators say there have been no new developments in the ongoing investigation into the more than 55 fires in a half-mile area downtown during the past decade. Those fires had stopped between August 2009 and the fires at the end of the 2011 summer.

Arsons have been investigated at homes, among others, on Cannon, Rutledge, St. Philip, Spring, and Vanderhorst streets.

Most of the fires started on outdoor porches of the homes.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved