Suspect arrested in arson at downtown Aiken restaurant

Alvin Hollingsworth Jr.
Alvin Hollingsworth Jr.(WRDW)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:17 AM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fire that caused minor damage to a downtown Aiken restaurant, authorities report.

Police received a call for a fire at Tailgate Tavern, located at 231 The Alley SW in Aiken around 7 a.m. Thursday, said Capt. Marty Sawyer with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The fire occurred outside on the patio.

No injuries were reported and no significant damage was caused from the fire, Sawyer said.

“Tailgate had a fire on the patio this morning and smoke got through the restaurant,” the business posted on Facebook. “It isn’t too bad, thank God. We are planning on being open today but we will have a very limited menu.

Authorities said they arrested Alvin Hollingsworth Jr. on suspicion of second-degree arson.

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