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Police arrest juveniles in Berkeley County Mason Lodge fire

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The fire at Masonic Lodge #192 on Highway 45 was suspicious, because at about the same time the fire was discovered, a broken window was discovered at the Bethlehem Baptist Church across the street. The fire at Masonic Lodge #192 on Highway 45 was suspicious, because at about the same time the fire was discovered, a broken window was discovered at the Bethlehem Baptist Church across the street.
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC -

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has made two arrests in connection with a Masonic Lodge fire and damage to a church in the Alvin community of Berkeley County Friday August 16.

Two juveniles, age 13 and 14, were arrested and are in the custody of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice awaiting a hearing before a Family Court judge.

They are both charged with Arson 3rd degree and Burglary 2nd degree and Malicious Injury to Real Property in connection with the Masonic Lodge fire. In addition, they are charged with Attempted Burglary 2nd degree and Malicious Injury to a place of worship.

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said the Alvin community is a very close-knit community and said he knew how deeply this affected the residents there and expressed his pleasure at being able to quickly bring this investigation to a speedy conclusion. He thanked the other agencies, The S.C. Law Enforcement (S.L.E.D.) Agency and the FBI that assisted the Sheriff's office in the investigation

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office had requested an arson investigator from the State Law Enforcement Division to look into the fire at a Masonic Lodge that burned on Friday.

The fire at Masonic Lodge #192 on Highway 45 was suspicious, because at about the same time the fire was discovered, a broken window was discovered at the Bethlehem Baptist Church across the street.

Captain Ulysses Green with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says SLED spent time at the scene of the fire on Saturday, "at eight o-clock, SLED came in… in fact, SLED was here from eight o-clock until quarter to three."

Captain Greene is used to investigations at churches, but not like this. You see, Bethlehem Baptist is also his church, "Well, I've been doing this for 31 years. It's one of the first, for my own church. You're always investigating other people's churches, but what goes around comes, so it's here now."

He is not alone. Several members of the church and the lodge have been gathered at the church property, wondering how something like this could happen in Alvin.

Chester Prioleau is an usher at the church, and a member at the lodge, "You just don't know if it could happen at your house. Your home. You know? Just amazing that things could happen that way around here. It's just a state of shock."

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