Arson Charges Filed In Thrift Shop Fire

Nathan W. Duff

Nathan W. Duff, age 20, of Greenville faces a charge of arson in connection with a fire at the HSHS Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop early Monday morning.

The Class 2 felony charge alleges Duff, by means of fire, knowingly damagedthe Thrift Store without the consent of HSHS Holy Family Hospital.

Duff made his first appearance in Bond County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon. Judge Christopher Bauer set the defendant’s bond at $7,500 cash. Patrick Schaufelberger was appointed by the judge as Duff’s attorney.

Judge Bauer told the defendant that upon conviction he could be sentenced to no less than three years nor more than seven years in prison, and a fine of up to $25,000 could be assessed.

Alternate sentences could include probation or conditional discharge with county jail time up to 180 days.

The fire was discovered about 12:45 a.m. Monday. Greenville firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the flames, limiting the damage to the front of the building in the 700 block of South Fourth Street.

Duff lives near the Thrift Shop at 713 South Third Street.

HSHS issued a statement expressing gratefulness for the quick response by the fire and police departments. The Thrift Shop, managed by the hospital auxiliary, is temporarily closed, while a complete assessment of the damage is done, and it is hoped the store can reopen soon.

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