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Posted: 5:11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
By Greg Suskin
LANCASTER, S.C. —
50-year-old Rusty Parker drove home from a friend's house before sunrise Thursday morning, and found his home in flames.
"The fire was small at first. I got the hose, tried to put it out. By the time I started it all went poof and everything went crazy," Parker said.
Parker tells Channel Nine he believes someone set his house on fire, and he wants answers.
A gaping, burned out hole is all that's left of his trailer on Cedar Circle Road north of Lancaster.
"There's nothing," he said leaning against his pickup truck and lowering his head. "There’s nothing left."
Parker also came home to find the gate in front of his home broken, a window smashed on one of his trucks, and food from his home thrown outside to the ground.
His shed also appeared to have been broken into.
He told firefighters his house was a crime scene.
Fire marshal Stephen Blackwelder said that raised enough suspicion for him to call sheriff's investigators.
"The first firefighter on scene, the owner confronted him and said somebody tried to burn down my house," Blackwelder said.
Parker said he knows who's behind the crime, but he wanted to speak to deputies about it first.
Sheriff's investigators interviewed Parker on Thursday afternoon.
The fire marshal believes the fire started in the living room area of the house, but the cause is still under investigation.
Parker said there isn't much he can do now, but pick up the pieces, and hope deputies catch an arsonist.
"I hope they find who did this and put him in jail, where he needs to be," he said.
However, the Lancaster County sheriff's office has not confirmed that the fire was intentionally set, and deputies were not available for comment Thursday.
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