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Arson likely cause of Broad Street fire on Jan. 3, report says

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 10:00 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 8:15 AM
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Arson is suspected in the Jan. 3 fire that damaged six apartments and a dental business at 1162 Broad Street.

Richmond County Fire Investigator Lt. Bradley Carlton told police the fire was started on the floor of Apartment B, located on the northeast corner of the building on the third floor, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Kristen Osbon, 38, the building’s owner, told police the apartment was leased by Trever Bellew, 21.

Firefighters responded to the fire about 4:30 a.m., and found a man trying to escape from a third-floor window. He was not hurt.

The building was occupied by Downtown Dental on the bottom level, and six apartments were rented on the upper two levels.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/08/14 - 09:56 am
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David Parker
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David Parker 01/08/14 - 10:20 am
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IF arson

Someone was in the building. IF that person was not the arsonist, this was attempted murder no? Negligent attempted homicide if you have a keen attorney. note: I'm not sure that's an official charge but sounds appropriate.

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bdouglas 01/08/14 - 10:29 am
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"Kristen Osbon, 38, the

"Kristen Osbon, 38, the building's owner..."

Odd to include the age of the building owner, no? So who was the man trying to escape from the third floor window? Some holes in this story.

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Riverman1 01/08/14 - 12:22 pm
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I find it strange that so few

I find it strange that so few people were home at that hour? Or had they previously escaped?

triscuit
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triscuit 01/08/14 - 01:15 pm
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was the man who escaped the

was the man who escaped the burning building Trevor? If so, well...if not, who was it? Arsonist?

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nocnoc 01/08/14 - 01:39 pm
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Additional info

Spoke with a RCSO Deputy yesterday that worked the scene.
Hats off to the other LEO's and FF's that worked the Freezing _____ cold to handle this fire and rescue.

In another discussion with a different person, I learned.
These apartment have sets of fire codes to meet.
Un-remodeled and Remodeled code as I was told.

Many owners have avoided Remodeling, which would require upgrades to meet new fire safety codes.

So I would propose,
since theses building share walls for a whole side of a city Block. An any fire endangers many buildings, not just 1.
Maybe its time to require all of these DOWNTOWN
Board St. added apartments & lofts meet current fire safety codes
by a certain date in the future, in order to receive a Occupancy Safety Permit.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/08/14 - 02:33 pm
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This is why I wouldn't live

This is why I wouldn't live in those old firetraps under any circumstances.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/08/14 - 03:09 pm
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@nocnoc

That's a good idea, but I'm not sure that it's legally possible to force new building codes on owners of a building. I think new buyers could legally be told that they are required to bring it up to code within X number of days, but doing that to current owners/occupants wouldn't pass legal muster. Any changes that require a building permit would, of course, be liable to bring it up to code.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/08/14 - 03:36 pm
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Legal trumps safety?

If accurate, par for ARC. They should really stop being soooooo predictable.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/08/14 - 07:56 pm
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Suggestion

We rate Restaurants.
Why not Apartments for Fire, crime and etc...

Require ALL apartments to pass a Occupancy Safety Inspection every X# years. Charge a small fee to cover services for single rentals,
But charge a bracketed amount up to a general fee for large complexes.

ARC collects revenue
Renters can judge rental units based on the rating. Choosing those places that have higher ratings.

It the ranting is below minimum safety levels it does not get a Permit until it meets min. safety requirements.

This also pressures Apartment owners to put some effort into maintaining apartments.

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