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Murrells Inlet man indicted on seven arson charges at businesses

Ryan Patrick Casiere
Ryan Patrick Casiere

A Murrells Inlet man arrested earlier this year in connection with seven fires set at area businesses has been indicted by an Horry County Grand Jury on those charges, according to court records.

Ryan Patrick Casiere, 21, of Murrells Inlet, was indicted on seven counts of third-degree arson in connection with the fires that were late last year and earlier this year, according to indictments released Tuesday.

Casiere was arrested April 24 and remains jailed on $35,250 bond, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He also faces an unrelated failure to appear charge.

The indictments alleged that Casiere was charged in connection with fires on Dec. 3 at American Mattress; March 21 at South Strand Landscaping; March 27 at Rott’s Auto and Bedman; and April 24 at Dr. Sattele’s Weight Loss, Powerhouse Bar and Grill and D.R. Horton, court records showed.

A man traveling southbound on U.S. 17 Bypass noticed a fire in a trash bin near Powerhouse Barn and Grill on U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, and stopped to tell someone inside the business, police said.

The driver and employee told police they did not notice anyone in the area at that time, police said. Horry County Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire.

Later April 24 about 4:30 a.m., police were called to a new home under construction on 1322 Beaufort River Road in Myrtle Beach and owned by D.R. Horton. The entire structure was destroyed “by what is believed to be an intentionally set fire,” Horry County police Lt. Raul Denis said at the time.

Casiere’s arrest is the result of a joint investigation over the past two and a half years conducted by personnel from HCPD, State Law Enforcement Department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach Fire Department, and HCFR, Denis said.

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