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Deputies: Masked men set fire to trooper's home

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Firefighters and deputies at a Riley Smith Dr. home that caught fire. (July 27, 2012/FOX Carolina) Firefighters and deputies at a Riley Smith Dr. home that caught fire. (July 27, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Firefighters and deputies at a Riley Smith Dr. home that caught fire. (July 27, 2012/FOX Carolina) Firefighters and deputies at a Riley Smith Dr. home that caught fire. (July 27, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they were called to a burglary that turned into a fire at a trooper's Greenville County home Friday morning.

Multiple trucks from the Wade Hampton Fire Department were at the home on Riley Smith Drive after the fire was reported about 8:20 a.m.

Prior to the fire, a family member said she heard a ruckus in the garage, looked out and saw three masked men, deputies said. Deputies do not know if the men had weapons.

The woman called 911 about the burglary and then realized there was a fire. Deputies said someone set a chair out front on fire and set fire to the back porch, which damaged the back of the home on the inside and outside.

FOX Carolina spoke with the homeowner, Highway Patrol Trooper Home Rose. He said his wife and three dogs were OK, and deputies were investigating the case.

SLIDESHOW: Trooper's home set on fire

Deputies said the wife lost sight of the suspects and they are actively investigating both the fire and break-in. Deputies do not know if they fled on foot or by a car.

No one was injured, though the trooper said one of his dogs was having trouble breathing and was receiving treatment.

Master Deputy Laura Campbell said the whole situation was "very unusual." She said investigators do not yet know if the home was targeted because a trooper lives there or if it was random. Nothing was taken from the home.

Arson investigators are working to determine what started the blaze. The home is gated and has a 6-foot tall privacy fence. Deputies do not know how the suspects got inside or if there is surveillance.

Troopers and deputies had Riley Smith Drive blocked off to traffic. As of 10 a.m., one lane was back open.

The Highway Patrol said Rose has worked with them since 1969.

Deputies are in the area looking for the suspects. They ask if anyone sees something or someone suspicious to call 23-CRIME or 911.

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