14-year-old charged with Nunan Street fire

Firefighters work at the scene of a fire that destroyed a nearby home at 13 Nunan Street and severely damaged two others on Dec. 28 in downtown Charleston.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with setting last week's Nunan Street fire that destroyed one home, damaged two adjacent homes and damaged or destroyed three vehicles.

Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said the boy is charged with third-degree arson, three counts of malicious injury to personal property and three counts of malicious injury to real property. He is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing, Francis said. He said the arson case is not related to the unsolved, ongoing series of arsons to buildings on the Charleston peninsula.

The Nunan Street fire was discovered about 9:55 a.m. on Dec. 28. Police and fire fighters arrived and found 13 Nunan St. already fully involved in flames and smoke. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes, but destroyed 13 Nunan St. and damaged buildings at 11 and 15 Nunan Street. A fourth home had broken windows and smoke damage, and three parked vehicles were damaged or destroyed.

Nobody lived in two of the homes. Three people were renting at 11 Nunan St., but they were not home during the blaze, Charleston Fire Department spokesman Mark Ruppel.