Wednesday night apartment fire investigated as arson
By Tyler Stocks
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The Greenville Police Department is investigating a Wednesday night apartment fire that displaced two people at the New Town housing project as an arson.
Greenville Fire-Rescue crews responded to the fire at 811 W. 14th St. shortly before 9:30 p.m. One person was injured and transported to Vidant Medical Center but is expected to be okay, fire department spokeswoman Rebekah Thurston said.
Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story apartment building, a news release said. Crews were able to contain the fire damage to the apartment of origin. One additional apartment had water damage.
An investigation, performed by fire investigators along with the police department, ruled the fire as an incendiary act. Reports show the fire started in the bedroom. The investigation has now been turned over to the police department.
A police department case report indicates that a false report also was made to police and that a suspect resisted or obstructed an officer. No arrests or charges have been reported.
The units, which are owned and managed by Greenville Housing Authority, sustained an estimated $250,000 in damages.