Two brothers arrested again for arson

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 30, 2007

AIKEN CTY -- Two brothers are under arrest for the second time in two years. 25 year old Christopher Boatwright and 22 year old Daniel Boatwright are at the Aiken County Detention Center. Both brothers tried to turn their lives around. They've been to shelters in our area, but have managed to find themselves arrested again.

Scott Simet worked and talked with both Daniel and Christopher at a shelter in Augusta. It's a place they've been in and out of for the last year and a half.

"They'd stay for a night or two. Then they'd take off for a few days and we might not seem them for a month," says Simet.

And he might not be seeing them for a while. That's because North Augusta Public Safety says the brothers have been arrested and charged with 2 counts of arson in the third degree and 7 counts of burning property on purpose. Including a train car fire next to Augusta Concrete and Block Plant.

An officer was driving around the Georgia, South Carolina border when smoke was seen in the area. That is where both brothers were seen on the old abandoned 5th Street Bridge.

"I was hoping maybe they learned their lesson from their last incident," says Scott.

He's talking about in December 2005, when investigators in Richmond County say both men were responsible for fires in Downtown Augusta. These fires - which occurred over several months -- included one at the 13th Street Subway and another at the Jesse Norman Amphitheater.

"In 2005 I was very surprised with Daniel. Out of the 2 of them, hey seemed more level headed as to.. he wanted to be a fireman," says Clearwater Fire Department Captain Chris Rockwell.

Both men worked from August 2003 until September 2004 as firemen for the Clearwater Fire Department. Both were let go because Rockwell says they were taking equipment from the fire station and that's against company policy.

"They pretty much stuck together and didn't associate with a lot of people in the department at all," says Rockwell.

And that's something Scott told us too. He says both brothers were very quiet and kept to themselves when they were in the shelter. His conversations with them were quick and the brothers never elaborated on what they were doing. Both men are currently at the Aiken County Detention Center.

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