Man charged with arson in connection to fire at hotel in Hardeeville last month

Man charged with arson in connection to fire at hotel in Hardeeville last month
Tommy Levar Williams

JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) - Officials in Hardeeville say a Ridgeland man is facing arson charges stemming from a fire last month at the Knights Inn.

Police arrested 54-year-old Tommy Levar Williams Wednesday morning. He is accused of starting the fire at the hotel on the morning of Feb. 24. Around 30 people were forced from their rooms that morning and several had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

“It was a lot of disbelief. It was scary, to be honest. It was definitely scary, but it was worth it,” said Angela Wines, PFC, Hardeeville Police Department. “I’m beyond excited that everyone made it out alive. That was definitely worth everything - that every life was saved."

“It wasn’t until we actually ran through the big cloud of smoke that I realized, 'hey, this is a big deal, but other than that, it was just about making sure everyone got out safe,” said Jessie Tyson, PFC, Hardeeville PD.

Williams is currently being held in the Jasper County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Hardeeville Police continue to investigate the fire.

Hardeeville Knights Inn Motel fire

Viewer video: Hardeeville Fire crews are fighting a fire at the Knights Inn motel on Whyte Hardee Boulevard. http://www.wtoc.com/2019/02/24/hardeeville-motel-catches-fire/

Posted by WTOC-TV on Sunday, February 24, 2019

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