Columbia Richland Fire is continuing to work with the Columbia Police Department to investigate a series of suspicious fires that broke out in the city’s Old Shandon Neighborhood on the morning of Thursday September 26, 2019.
Multiple crews responded to the 3200 block of Heyward Street at around 4 a.m. There firefighters found the exterior of one home on fire as well as two vehicles that were parked in the home’s driveway and carport.
Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes and no injuries were reported. Responders also found several trash containers on fire in front of another home on the block.
Further down Heyward Street on the 3500 block another fire was reported outside of a home. When fire crews arrived there they found the cover for a boat trailer on fire and were quickly able to put the flames out.
A fourth fire was later reported in the bed of a truck on the 3200 block of Cannon Street. The owner of the truck was able to put the fire out them self by using a garden hose.
In total the fires caused about $82,000 in damages. Thankfully no injuries were reported from any of the fires.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting the Columbia Police Department and Columbia Richland Fire with the investigation into the fires. At this point investigators cannot say with certainly that all four incidents are connected.
CPD did release photos from surveiliance video that show a vehicle of interest that investigators are looking for. Anybody with any information connected to the incidents should call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME SC.