Police: Man may have fire info

Anyone who can identify either person in the sketches is asked to call Charleston police at 577-7434 or the Arson Hot Line at 1-800-922-7766.

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Authorities are asking the public to help find a second man who might have information about the unsolved series of arsons on the Charleston peninsula.

The man in the sketch circulated Monday is not a suspect, but someone who might have information valuable to the Charleston Arson Task Force, Fire Department spokesman Mark Ruppel said.

Ruppel said the man in the sketch distributed Monday is not the same person who was shown in a drawing investigators had made in early December.

That man, described as white and about 22 years old, was never found, Ruppel said.

The man in the newest sketch is black and 35 to 45 years old, police said. No other information about him was released.

The man sketched in December reportedly knocked on the door at 54 Vanderhorst St. about 4 a.m. Dec. 3 to alert occupants about a fire on the porch. The man helped put out the fire but was gone when authorities arrived.

Since 2002, as many as 85 suspicious fires have erupted in the neighborhoods straddling the Septima P. Clark Parkway in downtown Charleston, according to a new Post and Courier tally.

In December, the task force investigating the arsons raised the reward money to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest.