Suspect in Mother’s Bar fire arrested Wednesday

Staff Report

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Brian T. Griffin was taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Griffin was a suspect in the aggravated arson case at 506 Monroe Ave.

The man suspected of aggravated arson in the fire that burned down Mother’s Bar was taken into custody at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Brian Griffin was a passenger in a vehicle when he was located and arrested by the Chicago Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

He was taken into custody on two Coles County warrants for aggravated arson and battery.

According to a press release from the Charleston Police Department, Chicago police confirmed Griffin will be held “on unknown local charges in Chicago for the time being and should be extradited back to Coles County soon.”

Eight people were displaced from their homes and the building Mother’s Bar is located in at  506 Monroe Ave. was gutted during the fire at 1:46 a.m. on Feb. 16.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported, but the second floor of Mother’s was completely burned away making the building a total loss, Charleston Fire Chief Steve Bennett said in a previous article in The Daily Eastern News.