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Police: Johns Island man arrested in connection to bird sanctuary fire on Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

Officials with the Folly Beach Police Department say a 55-year-old man was arrested in connection with a fire at a bird sanctuary on Folly Beach.

Investigators arrested Duane Bradley of Johns Island. Bradley was given a $12,000 bond on Tuesday on charges of resisting arrest, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

According to Folly Beach authorities, emergency dispatch officials received a call around 6:23 p.m. on Monday regarding a vehicle fire near the old lighthouse in the area of the lighthouse access road past East Ashley Avenue.

When officers arrived, witnesses pointed to a man, later identified as Bradley, who was still on the scene.

Police say Bradley appeared to be drunk and resisted officers' attempts to arrest him.

According to Chief Andrew Gilreath, Bradley continued to resist officers and was brought to the ground where he was detained.

Police say the Folly Beach Fire Department, with the help of the James Island Fire Department, was able to put the fire out which appeared to have started in the SUV and spread to the surrounding vegetation.

Investigators with the Folly Beach Police Department said they did not think that the fire would impact the wildlife at the bird sanctuary.

Authorities say it was difficult for fire crews to get to the vehicle because of the terrain. According to police, a grill was found in the back of the SUV.

A tow truck removed the remnants of the vehicle Tuesday morning.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Gilreath said Bradley faces a number of charges including resisting arrest and damaging beach property.

Several residents and tourists took pictures of the SUV on fire, and reported that the nearby brush had also caught on fire.

Brian Warner was one of the first to spot the fire Monday evening. Warner said he and two friends had been fishing all day near the lighthouse when they saw smoke coming from behind the brush.

Warner and his friends then went to investigate and said they saw a car and brush on fire. Warner then captured video of the scene.

Richard Brendel was on his boat pulling up to Morris Island when he noticed the fire around 6:20 p.m.

When Brendel made his way to the inlet to get a better look, he saw the fire and captured pictures.

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