The 14-year-old boy accused of setting the late-December Nunan Street fire went to one of the three homes he allegedly destroyed to fight someone, and when no one was home, set the curtains afire, a prosecutor said in court Monday.
The teen used a cigarette lighter to set the back-door curtains on fire, then tossed the burning curtains on the couch, according to a prosecutor filmed by a local TV station in Charleston County Family Court.
The teen, who faces multiple arson and other charges, was ordered by a judge who conducted the hearing to remain in the Juvenile Detention Center. He did not appear in court.
No one was hurt in the Dec. 28 blaze, but homes at 11, 13 and 15 Nunan St. were destroyed. Two of the homes were not occupied, and three people who rent at 11 Nunan were not home when the fire began, authorities said.
A fourth home had broken windows and smoke damage, and three parked vehicles were damaged or destroyed, authorities said.
The prosecutor said the teen went to 13 Nunan St. to fight, and when he found no one home, kicked in the back door, then set the fire.
The unnamed prosecutor was seen on video made by WCSC-TV, addressing the unnamed judge in Family Court. The 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office did not respond to The Post and Courier's requests for information.
The teen is charged with four counts of third-degree arson, three counts of malicious injury to real property and five counts of malicious injury to personal property.