PICKENS CO., SC (WSPA) – An 8 and 14-year-old have been charged in the fire at the old Cateechee Mill near the city of Norris.
They have been charged with Arson 3rd Degree and Unlawful Entry into an Enclosed Area.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office says a resident in the area reported the fire around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
They say the old facility isn’t operational and the extent of damage is expected to be substantial.
Investigators say the fire happened after a paper document was lit with a cigarette lighter and thrown on to the floor.
The fire grew and spread through the structure.
The children have have been released to the custody of their parents pending court proceedings.
Sheriff Rick Clark said, “Thankfully, no one was physically injured as a result of this incident. The public should not lose sight of the fact that Pickens County is blessed to have a population of adolescents that will one day mature and become outstanding citizens for our communities. These two kids obviously made a poor choice and they will have to be held accountable for their actions but that does not prevent us from lifting them in prayer in hopes that others will learn from this clear example of poor judgment.”
Several departments helped fight the blaze, including Norris Fire Department, Central Fire Department, Six Mile Fire Department, Liberty Fire Department and Clemson University Fire Department.