Arson suspected in Rock Hill, York house fires

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comDecember 2, 2013 

Two suspected arson cases were called in over the holiday weekend, according to reports from the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The first occurred at a vacant building in Rock Hill. The fire was set sometime between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, according the report.

The two-story home on Estuary Court is owned by a realtor who was “flipping” the house. She said she was called by a neighbor who saw water coming out of the garage.

At the time, the investigator with the York County Fire Marshall’s office said it appeared a suspect broke a window with a rock, then threw a “glass bottle with liquid accelerate” through the hole, causing the fire.

The homeowner said it looked like the fire had melted the water pipe, causing water to spill out, which put out the fire. The house has around $30,000 in smoke, fire and water damage, she said.

That investigation is still pending.

Also on Friday night, an alarm was triggered in a home on Woodland Heights Road in York, prompting fire response. The first truck on scene “witnessed the fire spreading rapidly,” the report stated.

Fire investigator Andrew Rollins showed the responding sheriff’s officer that the door to the garage, which is a separate structure from the house, had been damaged. Two Winchester rifles were also missing from a gun cabinet inside the home.

The homeowners were not home at the time. A neighbor told investigators he saw a new model truck with chrome trim and a chrome bumper near the house earlier in the evening, but he assumed the homeowners had purchased a new car.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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