The State Law Enforcement Division said Tuesday that 22-year-old Christopher Williams was charged with two counts of 3rd-degree arson and three counts of criminal conspiracy, while 21-year-old Dominique Thompson was charged with two counts of 3rd-degree arson and criminal conspiracy and one count of 3rd-degree burglary.
Both men are former volunteers with the Yemassee Fire Department and Sheldon Fire District. The two were already accused of attempted murder after they started a fire at the Yemassee fire station and town hall on November 18. 18-year-old Deandre Griffin and a town clerk were inside at the time, but both were able to escape.
Griffin later admitted to investigators that he had helped Williams and Thompson start fires at other locations in Hampton County.
Williams is accused of setting a fire at a mobile home south of the Yemassee town limits. According to SLED warrants, Williams admitted entering the mobile home without consent and using a lighter and gasoline to set the blaze. The warrants accuse Thompson of driving Williams to and from the mobile home, as well as to a gas station to buy the gasoline used to start the fire.
Yemassee Police Captain Gregory Alexander told the Hilton Head Island Packet that he believes the men wanted the thrill of responding to a call.
Investigators have not said which other fires the trio are suspected of starting. Griffin was also linked to the mobile home blaze and to a Family Dollar store fire in September.