Rock Hill woman says someone tried to burn down her house

05/19/2014 12:01 PM

05/19/2014 1:25 PM

A Rock Hill woman believes someone might have tried setting her house on fire after she found charred pieces of paper, black marks and melted vinyl on her front porch Saturday, police say.

At about 9:40 a.m. Saturday, the victim, 41, called police to her Park Meadow Drive home, off North Cherry Road, after realizing that someone lit a fire on her front porch sometime overnight, according to a Rock Hill police report. Police found pieces of paper they suspect were used as a burning agent.

The woman’s front glass door had been shattered, the report states, and police could smell the odor of an “accelerant” used to ignite the flames. Police searched the woman’s home, but nothing was missing or out of place. Officers saw that the house’s vinyl siding melted, along with a charred portion of the woman’s privacy fence. The woman told police she is unsure who might have set the fire.

Police were able to lift a partial palm print on the outside portion of the front door and a fingerprint on the inside of the front door, the report states. Police are still investigating.

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