Anderson Co. Fire investigation underway following building fire, recent incidents spark concern in community

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ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Anderson County Fire Department said a fire investigation is underway following a building fire Thursday morning.

The Anderson County Fire Department responded to a building on West Market Street.

“This morning at about 3:46, the Homeland Park Station Three, they got a call for a structure fire and as they rolled up, they had a heavy fire coming out of a building,” said Chief Jimmy Sutherland, Anderson County Fire Department. “We are treating this like suspicious, and usually what we do, our investigator he has cleared the scene, took some samples. He’s in the process of interviewing people around to see if anybody seen anything or if we can get any other information,” Sutherland said.

“It’s very unfortunate, and it really makes the neighborhood be a little bit uneasy,” said William McIntosh, a resident.

We previously reported a man died after a shooting Sunday morning at the same place on West Market Street.

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said 24-year-old, Shyquan Kinard is the man who died in the shooting.

“Last time I saw him he and his father was having a conversation and he had very high spirits,” McIntosh. “He was a good spirited person you know, everybody loved him. He was well loved.”

A few people told 7 News off-camera, Kinard’s death and other past shootings at the property, are concerning. Several people said the establishment is known for gatherings. Sheriff Chad McBride said he heard the concerns.

“Its got numerous complaints from residents that live around there. It’s obviously a nuisance to that community. It breeds trouble and crime. and of course lately, we’ve had two separate shooting incidents there, just in recent times,” McBride said. “As of today, we actually had a meeting with several government agencies took part in that and we’re going to try to figure out a way to get that place legally and properly shut down. So, that is in the works. I know that will probably make some area residents very happy if we’re able to accomplish that,” McBride said. “But I stand with them on that. I agree completely.”

McBride said there were witnesses in Sunday’s shooting.

“I tell you where it gets hard, is that we know for a fact that there’s witnesses involved in both of these shooting incidents that will not cooperate with us, and will not come forward. So, it makes it very difficult,” McBride said. “I know there’s community members over there that are frustrated with that scenario, and we’re working doing everything we can to get rid of that nuisance to that community. But we also know there’s people over there with influence, and if you would like to see these latest two shootings solved, we would ask that you use your influence to motivate people to come forward that saw it,” McBride said.

As of now, there’s no word on the fire and Sunday’s shooting being connected.

“To be honest with you don’t know. It could be or it couldn’t be,” Sutherland said.

Now McIntosh is hoping for the best.

“I wish Anderson peace. We need to get together and pray,” McIntosh said.

The shooting is under investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. The Anderson County Fire Department is investigating the fire. If you know anything about the homicide or the fire, contact the Anderson County Fire Department or the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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