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Inquiry is made in arson attempt

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

CHARLESTON - The Charleston Department of Public Safety is investigating an attempted arson at City Hall early Tuesday morning.

"Sometime last night about 12:30 a.m. a subject or subjects unknown to us at this time broke into the Charleston City Hall and attempted to set fire with some type of chemical," said Paul Johnson, director of the Charleston DPS. The chemical, Johnson said, was "either a gas-diesel mix or something similar."

Authorities also found an open window in the prosecutor's office at the county courthouse located next door to City Hall, but officials do not believe the courthouse's security was actually breached.

"We found nothing was wrong in the courthouse," said County Clerk Junior DeLay.

Following an inspection of the courthouse, officials discovered two other unlocked windows and office holders were advised to be careful to lock all doors and windows. "Now everybody's aware of it," DeLay said.