Since 2000, there have been more than 85 suspicious fires, according to city officials, who are now doubling the reward they are offering for information. Police believe the Charleston fires were started by arson. The city is now offering a $50,000 reward for anyone who can lead police in the right direction with any information on the fires. The suspected arson cases extend from the city of Charleston down through Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant.
Last year, a $25,000 reward was offered for information, but that has now doubled. Charleston is paying $45,000 of the reward, while the South Carolina Insurance News Service is offering $5,000 of the reward. The city’s police chief, Greg Mullen, says he hopes the doubled reward will increase the chances of someone coming forward with information.