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An insurance adjuster measures the remnants of a house which caught fire early Monday morning on Carlan Road.
In a stunning twist, the county fire marshal said late Wednesday, the blaze on Carlan Road which destroyed a home and threatened a family’s lives appears to have been intentionally set.
Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark, who also serves as the fire marshal, said, “We are ruling this was an intentionally set fire and a criminal act against the homeowners.”
The fire was reported at 1:14 a.m. Monday when a Pickens deputy on routine patrol spotted the front porch of the Carlan Road home in flames.
The deputy roused the couple and their eight-year-old daughter by beating on the side of the house as flames came through the front of the house and it quickly filled with smoke. The home was a total loss.
Clark said Wednesday they are waiting on some lab tests, but it is pretty clearly a case of arson. “We have ruled out every other possibility,” he said.
Clark said additional evidence was gathered at the scene working with state fire inspectors and a dog specially trained for arson investigation.
He said the family is “definitely” not suspected of starting the flames. “There is no way it was them,” he said.
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