Deputies investigate 6 ‘intentionally set’ fires in Greenville Co.

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies are investigating six fires that they believe were “intentionally set” in Greenville County and have made an arrest in three of those fires.

Charred rubble and ash is what’s left in several locations in Taylors.

“Everything was burnt out right here,” said Mr. Bull, brother and neighbor of a now displaced home owner.

It’s one of six fires in the past three months near Bulls Road that Greenville County deputies are investigating.

According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office the first known fire was a building at 317 Bulls Road on Nov. 4. 

“There have been several incidents in that area and quite a few in the past several months,” said Jonathan Anderson, Battalion Chief for the Lake Cunningham Fire Department. “Greenville County Sheriffs’ Office has come in and they have brought their investigators in and, you know, they have documented these occasions and investigated each one.” 

Deputies said a second fire was started at another building located at 4101 Locust Hill Road on Nov. 8.

The next fire was a vehicle fire that happened at 325 Bulls Road on Nov. 9th. There were no reported injuries in any of these incidents.

Christopher Carroll Bull (Credit: Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office)

On Sunday, deputies said fire and EMS personnel responded to three additional fires in the same area.

The first on Sunday (and fourth reported fire since November) was called in early in the morning to 325 Bulls Road. That’s where deputies found a vehicle and shed on fire causing damage to a house.

“Somebody set a camper on fire, set my outside building on fire, and they caught my house on fire,” said Tim Bull, Taylors resident.

According to fire officials, while they were attending to the call at 325 Bull Road, neighbors alerted them of an additional fire up the road.

Officials then tended to 301 Bulls Road for a barn fire. They were later called out again that morning to Hobbs and Keller Road for a small shed fire, nearby Bulls Road (the sixth fire since November).

Investigators have arrested and charged 24-year-old Christopher Carroll Bull with three counts of third degree Arson and second degree Arson in connection with the three fires that occurred on Sunday. He is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing.

Still, with one suspect off the streets, the area’s residents are left with questions and concerns.

“I don’t know why somebody sets fires. I don’t know whether they are mad at somebody or something like that. I don’t know,” said Mr. Bull.

According to neighbors, they are familiar with mostly everyone on the block.

“Everybody that’s been here has been around for 60-70 years. We ain’t used to stuff life this,” said Tim Bull.

“That’s all we can really go on and just hope that we ain’t next,” said Mr. Bull. “We hope now that they’ll catch him. Catch him or whoever, them, and we won’t have to worry about it no more.” 

Greenville County deputies said they are still working to identify the person responsible for the three fires in November and any possible connection to Sunday’s fires. There is no word yet on any additional suspects or a motive at this time.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Greenville Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

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