Beaufort man faces charges after Green St. home fire

achristnovich@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2012 

A Beaufort man who repeatedly tried to enter his burning home was shot with a Taser and charged with interfering with police Tuesday, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

The 57-year-old man, who was not at the Greene Street house when the fire was reported, arrived at the scene about 11:30 p.m., just as firefighters did, according to Beaufort Fire Department Chief Clay Scoggins.

Firefighters reported the man appeared to be intoxicated and tried repeatedly to enter the burning house, Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said. A police officer's reports did not explain why the man was trying to enter, Clancy said.

Police officers used the Taser after the manallegedly shoved an officer trying to restrain him. He was arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer. On Wednesday, his bond was set at $1,092, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center log.

When firefighters arrived, fire was shooting fromwindows on two sides of the one-story, two-bedroom home, Scoggins said. The fire appeared to have started in one of the bedrooms and spread to the attic. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

No one was injured, but the home is uninhabitable due to heavy smoke, water and heat damage, Scoggins said.

The Red Cross gave the home's other residents temporary shelter, money for food and clothing and a kit with personal-hygiene items. Typically, the Red Cross provides people displaced from their homes with shelter for up to three days, spokeswoman Nancy Olson said Wednesday.

The fire's cause is not yet known, but Scoggins said Wednesday officials "didn't find anything to indicate it was arson."

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