Friday morning fire a 'hate crime,' claim property owners

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Destroyed building to be clubhouse for Miss Pageland pageant

By Don Worthington

The fiery destruction of a Pageland building Friday is a hate crime, allege the owners.

The 2 a.m. fire destroyed a building in the backyard of 808 W. McGregor St.

Property owners Tim and Neil Griffin say their openly gay lifestyle is the reason for the fire. The two said they have been a couple for about 15 years and married for three.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the fire. Pageland Police Chief Craig Greenlee requested SLED because the fire was suspicious.

No cause or estimated damage has been released.

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