Arrest made in mansion fire

Arrest made in mansion fire

On June 16, the historic Williams-Holland Mansion burned in an overnight fire. The home was built in 1884 by Warren Williams and was on historic registries. 

On Aug. 6, the Phenix City Fire Department and Police Department held a joint press conference announcing the arrest of 45-year-old Shannon Patrick Swann allegedly for that fire and others. 

Fire Chief Kris Kennedy directed inquiries to Lieutenant Greg Lahr of the PCPD. He could not go into further detail because of the pending investigation, but said no bail hearing has happened to his knowledge. 

“The cases will all be presented to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution,” Lahr said. “Throughout the system, there are so many different ways that this can go, so that (bail) will be up to the district attorney’s office and whoever is representing Mr. Swann.”

Swann was arrested July 8 and charged with seven counts of arson out of eight different locations. Two counts of attempted murder were added to the list of charges since one of the homes had people inside. 

He is being held at the Russell County Detention Center. 

Properties damaged by arson:

Nov. 11, 2019- 611 S. Railroad St.

Dec. 31, 2019 – 1908 10th Ave.

Jan. 1, 2020 – behind 1004 N. RR St.

Jan. 18, 2020 – 1701 11th Ave.

Jan. 22, 2020 – 605 8th St.

June 8, 2020 – 708 17th St.

June 16, 2020 – 2000 9th Ave.

July 8, 2020- 14th Ct.