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Despite two fires, Orangeburg veteran forges ahead with center plans

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Two suspicious fires aren't stopping a veteran in Orangeburg from forging ahead with plans for a transportation and resource center.

The project is a dream for Ronnie Fields, and he doesn't understand why someone would want to stop him from helping his fellow veterans.

Fields has dreams of opening up a center to help the close to 10,000 veterans living in the area, but suffered a huge setback early Monday morning and not for the first time.

The first fire, which happened about three months ago, caused minimal damage, but the blaze this past Monday caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, according to Fields.

"Personally, I know who's doing it, but I can't prove it, so I'm not going to call out any names," said Fields.

Officials who spent close to five hours putting the fire out say the it is suspicious and are still trying to identify a cause.

This time, Fields plans to have overnight security to try and keep crime problems from happening again.

Fields isn't discouraged though and says he still has plans to open the center in March.

"We are going to put out a $10,000 reward for the information that will lead to the arrest and conviction," said Fields.

If you have any information you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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