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Friday, 02 May 2014 21:08

Darlington, SC, Body Shop Fire Now Considered Arson

A man has been arrested for arson in connection with a fire at a body shop in Darlington, SC, the morning of March 17, 2014.

Arthur Jeffery Repoley Jr. was arrested for third-degree arson on Thursday, March 20, 2014, by Darlington City Police Department for the fire at Joe's Garage on 401 South Main Street, according to Darlington City Police public information officer Kimberly Nelson. Repoley was an employee of the shop. Darlington City Fire crews were able to quickly put out the fire at the Darlington auto body shop, but the building is likely a total loss, said fire chief Pat Cavanaugh. At about 10:00 a.m., the department received a call about a fire at the shop located on the corner of South Main Street and Avenue A. Chief Cavanaugh originally reported that apparently someone doing work inside the building spilled gasoline on an electrical light and lit it off.

The incident was investigated by the Darlington City Fire Department, Darlington City Police Department, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. As a result of the investigation, Repoley Jr. was arrested on arson charges.

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