Update: Suspicious Fire Investigations | Vehicle of Interest

By September 26, 2019 Press Releases

The Columbia Police and Fire Departments are releasing surveillance video of a vehicle of interest in connection with multiple suspicious fire investigations in South Columbia.

It appears that the vehicle is possibly an older model box-style with distinct head and taillights. Investigators are working to determine the exact make and model. Officers want to speak with the driver to learn what information he/she may have regarding the fires.

Recap of Investigations:

The Columbia Police and Fire Departments, along with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are investigating the cause of four suspicious fires that occurred in South Columbia overnight. Thankfully, no one was injured during the incidents.

The CFD estimates the fires caused a total of $82,000 worth of damages to various property.

Here are the locations and approximate times of each incident based on witness accounts:

3205 Cannon Street | 3:45 a.m.

  • Small fire in the bed of a truck that was parked in the front yard near the street
  • Flames extinguished by the victim with the use of a garden hose
  • The truck contained miscellaneous items to include foam materials and trash

3218 Heyward Street | 4:00 a.m.

  • Home and two vehicles damaged by flames

3208 Heyward Street | 4:00 a.m.

  • Two trash cans damaged by flames

3530 Heyward Street | 4:25 a.m.

  • Boat cover damaged by flames

While we acknowledge that the fires all happened in close proximity to each other, investigators cannot say with certainty that they are connected at this time. The investigation is in its infancy stages and investigators are in the process of conducting interviews with residents in the area and examining evidence collected.

Citizens with information about the vehicle and fires are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.