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Orangeburg Department of Public Safety

An Orangeburg house fire remains under investigation after firefighters determined that accelerants may have been used on the front door.

An Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report says, “accelerants were thought to be detected in the front door area” at 132 Triple Road early Sunday morning.

At 2:13 a.m., the alarm rang out at ODPS Fire Station 3 and crews arrived on the scene 11 minutes later.

Upon arrival, crews discovered the one-story home was 90 percent involved with fire.

“Water supply was an issue,” the report states. Three ODPS fire engines and one ladder truck were on the scene.

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“Engine 65 could not keep up with the recommended amount of water required and Orangeburg County Fire Service was dispatched,” the report states.

“On two occasions the structure was left burning due to water supply issues,” the report notes.

Tankers from the following fire stations responded to shuttle water to the scene: Cordova, North, Edisto, Bolentown, Jamison, Pine Hill and Wolfton.

The report states, “The fire appeared to be suspicious in nature due to the house being vacant. The owner stated she just purchased and closed on the residence” the previous day.

It was 6:20 a.m. when crews left the scene.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 17 years.

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