CFD: Arson cause of apartment fire near Carolina Stadium - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

CFD: Arson cause of apartment fire near Carolina Stadium

(Source: Josh Gandy) (Source: Josh Gandy)
CFD wants to thank this man for alerting many residents of the fire. CFD wants to thank this man for alerting many residents of the fire.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Columbia Fire Department investigators say arson is likely the cause behind the two-alarm fire that gutted one of the apartment buildings at The Club at Carolina Stadium.

Fire officials updated the media on the case around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Twenty-four apartments were damaged and 21 people were displaced as a result of the fire at the apartment complex near Carolina Stadium back on June 13. Fire investigators estimated the damage to be worth $400,000.

Fire investigators say they cannot release any evidence that proves the fire was an arson at this time because "it would jeopardize the investigation and any criminal proceedings."

Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins is also wants to personally thank one man who alerted many people in the apartment building to the fire.

"He saw the fire and started knocking on doors, making sure people got out and he was successful in getting people out and letting them know the fire was occurring," said Jenkins.

Jenkins says the unidentified man may also have information that could help them in their investigation.

"Had he not done that we could have been standing here talking about the lives that were lost as opposed to just the building burning," said Jenkins.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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