Arrest made in Sunday's Hunter Green Apartments fire
Jun 24, 2011 11:30:00 PM - thestate.com
Willie Derrick Smith, 25, was arrested Friday night in connection to the fire at the Hunter Green Apartment Complex on North King's Way Sunday morning.
"Smith turned himself to authorities at 6:30 p.m.," said Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Deputy Curtis Wilson. Smith has been charged with one count of arson and 16 counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, Wilson said.
County fire investigators quickly determined that the blaze that displaced 19 people at the complex was intentionally set. Although there were no injuries, the fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said earlier in the week.
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