Investigators believe arson may be to blame for a house fire near Orangeburg. No one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters and law enforcement officers were called to 1886 Five Chop Road at 3:26 a.m. Monday when the house alarm automatically alerted dispatchers.

The homeowner was visiting her daughter in Aiken when the home caught fire.

According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, when deputies arrived, they “observed the residence had been intentionally set on fire.”

The report states that someone apparently threw a brick through the rear window of the residence “where a fire was ignited by an unknown accelerant.”

The floor and walls of the kitchen were damaged by soot and fire.

The homeowner’s daughter told deputies that someone vandalized the residence three weeks prior to Monday’s fire and also three months before that.

Deputies will directly patrol the area for the next several weeks.

Samples of burned areas of the home were submitted to the laboratory at the S.C. Law Enforcement Division for review, according to Orangeburg County Fire Director Teddy Wolfe.

Wolfe will send the results to the sheriff’s office, which will lead the investigation.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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