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Suspect wanted in connection to Charleston downtown fire

Officials have a suspect wanted in connection to a downtown Charleston fire that happened on Feb. 16.

Posted: Feb. 22, 2018 6:30 PM

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTHI) - Officials have a suspect wanted in connection to a downtown Charleston fire that happened on Feb. 16.

Officials report they were called to 506 Monroe for a fire just after 1:45 a.m. (CT).

This is the location of Mother's Bar that also has apartments above the business. Two residents had to be rescued off the roof and three others had to be rescued from inside the building.

Firefighters were on scene for the majority of the morning and in the end, nine residents were displaced from their homes.

Officials report their investigation revealed that the fire had been intentionally set.

Brian T. Griffin, 29 of Charleston, is wanted for aggravated arson. Police report he formerly lived in Chicago.

If you know anything about his whereabouts, contact police.

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