A jury trial has been delayed for a man fined for the brush fire that rekindled into the most destructive wildfire in South Carolina history. According to Scott Hawkins of the South Carolina Forestry Commission the trial for Marc Torchi is now expected to begin the week of October 26. It was earlier scheduled for Thursday October 15. Torchi requested the jury trial in Central Jury Court in Conway.
Authorities say the April wildfire that torched 20,000 acres, destroyed 76 homes and damaged nearly 100 others started four days earlier as a debris fire in Torchi’s backyard. Torchi was earlier fined $732 for the blaze. Torchi says he’s been unfairly treated. He called Horry County firefighters when his fire got out of control and the firefighters thought they had extinguished it, but it rekindled.