Chesnee man accused of setting fire at cemetery

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SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A man accused of setting fires in the Upstate is facing more charges.

Darren Christopher Fowler, 37, of Chesnee is charged with desecrating human burial grounds and three counts of arson, according to arrest warrants. 

Spartanburg County deputies say Fowler set fire to grave sites, a helicopter, and storage building.

The fires happened between Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 in Chesnee. 

Fowler was arrested that same month by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies there say he set hay bales on fire near the intersection of Dillon Street and Horse Creek Road. 

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office notified Chesnee Police Department and Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office about Fowler’s arrest in connection to fires in the Chesnee area. 

Chesnee Fire Department Deputy Chief Todd Mason said the helicopter outside of the American Legion Post was set on fire on Jan. 22. Later that day, firefighters responded to a fire at Springhill Memorial Gardens. 

Arrest warrants say Fowler set a fire at the cemetery that damaged grave markers.

A suspicious fire was also reported on Jan. 29. In that case, firefighters found a burning pile of trash against a storage building a storage building was set on fire that same day. 

Fowler is in the Spartanburg County Detention Detention as of Friday.

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