Officials: Fire at Rock Hill duplex possibly set on purpose

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 2, 2014 

— Investigators are probing a fire they believe was intentionally set at an empty Rock Hill duplex Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

At about 3:50 p.m., two engines, a ladder and a battalion crew with the Rock Hill Fire Department were dispatched to 819 Walnut St. after receiving calls about the building burning, said Rock Hill Battalion Chief Rusty Myers.

Crews used a hose line to enter the house through a backdoor and extinguish the flames in one room, Myers said. The fire caused about $5,100 in damage.

When firefighters went into the house, they found the couch inside on fire, the back window broken and the backdoor slightly ajar, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Dispatchers were able to find the unit's owner, who told police that the house was vacant but he had recently evicted tenants accused of stealing several appliances from the house, the report states. He was unable to give police information on the tenants.

The fire is still under investigation, Myers said, adding that "at this time," the fire appears to have been set intentionally.

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