Three arrested in connection to September church fire in Hartsville

HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) – Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis has announced the arrest of three suspects in connection to the fire at the Bible Baptist Church in Hartsville.

According to a press release, Christa Makayla Hopkins, 22, of Darlington, Timothy Westley McClain, 30, of McBee, and Justin Kyle Acuff, 24, of Hartsville, have been charged with second degree arson and second degree burglary.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Darlington County Fire District were investigating the church fire.

According to Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robert Kilgo, the Bible Baptist Church, located at 2313 Robinson View Dr., was damaged due to a fire.

Darlington County Emergency Management officials say fire crews responded to the scene just after midnight on September 30. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the building. Crews were able to control the fire in less than an hour, and there was minimal damage to the area.

Darlington County Fire District received assistance from the Alligator Fire Department and the Hartsville Fire Department.