(Filed by SCRN affiliate WRHI in Rock Hill, see WRHI slide show of the fire)
Two men have been arrested and charged with setting the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing plant fires in early July. Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory says they are 20-year-old Christopher Douglas Anderson and 17-year-old Matthew Christopher Wallace, both from Rock Hill.
Lieutenant Michael Belk says arson hotline tips led to the arrests.Wallace is a rising junior at Northwestern High School. Anderson, during the bond hearing described himself as homeless. Bonds were set at $125,000 each.
Chief Gregory says the charges are serious, “In connection with the July 3 fire, each was charged with second degree arson and criminal conspiracy. In connection with the July 10 fire, each has been charged with second degree arson, criminal conspiracy and assault with intent to kill.
Belk says the intent to kill charge stems from the fact that on July 10, the building was occupied by fire-fighters when the fires were set.
Chief Gregory says the fires and investigation have cost Rock Hill about 60-thousand dollars so far. The two men were charged with trespassing on July 9 at the Bleachery site, just one day before the second fire.