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St. Helena arson suspect arrested

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A St. Helena man has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a home on Legree Road yesterday afternoon.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office say 32-year-old Willie Antonio Aiken was arrested last night and charged with one count of arson. Aiken is believed to have intentionally set the fire that consumed the home of his ex-girlfriend, 39-year old Aldrena McKinnon.

Deputies responded to the reported structure fire on Legree Road just after 4:30 pm yesterday. Upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed in flames. No one was inside the home at the time the fire broke out, and no injuries were reported.

A child living at the home, who had been visiting a family member across the street, advised that she had gone home to get something and found Aiken inside. Aiken reportedly told the child to leave, which she did. However, she went back in a few minutes later and noticed Aiken pouring an unknown liquid onto the floor of the laundry room. She then saw Aiken striking matches and throwing them into the liquid, so she immediately left the home.

Witnesses reported seeing Aiken leave in a green Chevy Suburban, taking a rarely-used pathway, and moments later smoke was seen pouring from the home. Deputies made contact with Aiken at a family member's home on Clarence Mitchell Road. Aiken was interviewed and eventually placed under arrest.

Additionally, the Sheriff's Office is also investigating a vehicle fire that occurred yesterday evening and is believed to be associated with the arson. At approximately 3 pm yesterday, Aiken reported that his 2013 Buick Century was missing, and that he believed it had been taken without his permission by McKinnon's 15-year old son.

The vehicle was found just after 5 pm yesterday in the parking lot of the Gloria Potts Community Center on Seaside Road, also fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle sustained extensive fire damage, leaving it a total loss.

Anyone with information regarding the investigations into the home and/or vehicle fire is asked to contact Investigator Cpl. B. Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or Crimestoppers.

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