Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A house fire at 137 Avalon Rd., in Summerville is being investigated as arson, according to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The fire, on Oct. 6 around 3:45 p.m., originated in the master bedroom, possibly in the bed and a chair.
Cpt. Hunter of Old Fort Fire Department was first to arrive at the house fire. He states that upon arrival they encountered light smoke coming from the eaves on the right side of the house. He walked around the house to find all entries locked.
Once all crews arrived they made entry, did an initial search and located the fire, which appeared to be coming from the master bedroom.
They extinguished the fire, performed a secondary search and then did salvage and overhaul. The fire is currently under investigation, said OFFD Chief Ed Genthert. The Red Cross responded to assist the resident.
According to the police report, neighbors were interviewed and told police that the homeowner had been having lots of problems with his ex-girlfriend.
Police had been called to the address for a number of domestic violence calls.
The homeowner told police that he had evicted his girlfriend because she had threatened to burn his house down. He said his ex had threatened him: “If I get in trouble, you’re going to pay. If you evict me, watch what will happen, I will burn this … down. I will rob your house and flatten your tires.”
Neighbors also heard the threats.