Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announced today the arrest of an arson suspect Steven Michael Baynes (DOB: 9/10/1965). Baynes turned himself in to Columbia Fire Investigator and has been charged with Arson 3rd and Burglary 1st. Baynes has been transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center by the Columbia Police Department.
On Sunday, September 25, 2016 the Columbia Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 115 Easy Street at approximately 7:20pm with smoke visible by first arriving units. Firefighters made entry to home and extinguished the fire in a bedroom. No injuries were reported and the residents of the home were not there at the time of the fire.
The residents, 2 adults and 2 children were displaced and the American Red Cross assisted. Damages from the fire are estimated at $55,000.
Columbia Fire Investigations continues to investigate with assistance from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.