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Chief: Accused fire bomber also threw brick at daycare
Saturday, June 30, 2012


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Authorities say the man who threw a fire bomb into a parole office in downtown Columbia Wednesday morning also threw a brick at a building belonging to a daycare.

Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said Wednesday afternoon that 25-year-old Josh Sullivan has been arrested and charged with arson, two counts of malicious injury to property, and use of an incendiary device.

Jenkins said Sullivan tossed a brick and a fire bomb into a front window of the Richland County office of the SC Department of Probation, Parole, Pardon Services building sometime between 4 and 6 a.m.

Firefighters were called to the building at 1221 Gregg St. just after 6:15 a.m. When crews arrived, they discovered a broken window and smoke in one of the front rooms.

Division Chief Will Harrell said the padding on two office chairs caught fire, but there was no other fuel in the room to burn.

Harrell said the room where the fire bomb landed had cinder block walls, a tile floor, and contained only a few office chairs. If it had been decorated like a typical office, the results could have been much worse, Harrell said.

Harrell said the fire and smoke caused about $500 in damages.

Shortly after the parole office incident, authorities say a parole and probation agent heading into work saw Sullivan throw a brick through a window at Above and Beyond Virtual Academy, which is located at 1427 Gregg St.

After arriving at the office and realizing what had happened there, the agent called Columbia Police who arrested Sullivan a short time later on Gregg Street.

Sullivan was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18891844/fire-bomb-thrown-into-parole-office

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