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Deputies: Trooper's wife set home on fire, not masked men

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Paula Rose (Greenville Co. Detention Center) Paula Rose (Greenville Co. Detention Center)
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 have arrested the wife of a trooper accused of setting the couple's home on fire, which she first said was set by three masked men.

Greenville County deputies were called to the home of Paula Rose, 46, on July 27 when she said three masked men were seen inside her garage breaking into a gun safe.

Rose allegedly ran to hide from the men when they saw her inside, then told the 911 dispatcher she heard noises outside and saw that her house was on fire, deputies said.

She told deputies she did not see where the men ran away to, but she was able to make it out safely without injury.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and deputies swarmed the neighborhood to search the for the alleged masked men.

SLIDESHOW: Trooper's home set on fire

The day of the fire and reported break-in, FOX Carolina spoke with Rose's husband, Highway Patrol Trooper Homer Rose, who said his wife and three dogs were OK, though one of the dogs had trouble breathing.

Master Deputy Laura Campbell said the whole situation was "very unusual," the same day.

Following the arson investigation, deputies said the burn patterns and use of ignitable liquids in the fire debris indicated arson.

According to the arrest warrants, Rose used an accelerant to start the fire and gave conflicting statements during the investigation.

Deputies said she set the fire on purpose then filed a claim with State Farm regarding the fire to get insurance benefits.

Rose was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree arson, burning personal property to defraud insurer, making a false insurance claim to obtain benefits for fire or explosion, and filing a false police report of a felony violation. She was being held in jail on $40,000 bond.

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