Nine detainees at Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center are facing multiple charges related to a fire at the detention center Sunday night. The fire was set to ceiling boards in pod E of Unit Papa about 8 p.m. following a fight between two detainees in that unit.
Before the fire, detention center officers were responding to the fight when several other detainees tried to force their way out of the cell. According to an incident report, the detainees were aggressive and combative in nature, with one trying to strike a detention center officer with what appeared to be a piece of white metal in his hand.
No one was injured during the disruption; however, the incident led to 16 detainees being transferred from Unit Papa to another area of the detention center, where they will be cared for until cosmetic damage to the unit is repaired.
The nine detainees face charges of arson, disobeying a direct order, rioting, and threatening bodily harm. County Administration is fully cooperating with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation into the incident and will continue to work diligently in the best interests of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, staff and detainees.