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Seneca home set on fire during burglary

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SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters extinguished a Seneca house fire on Monday only to discover it had been intentionally set by someone who broke into the home.

Oconee Emergency Services Fire Chief Charlie King said firefighters were called to the home at 107 Stephens Dr. about 3 p.m. where they quickly contained the blaze to one room.

As firefighters searched the home, they discovered three pets had died in the fire and much of the home suffered smoke damage, King said.

No one was home at the time but once the homeowners arrived, they realized burglars had broken into the house and several items were missing, King said.

King said they ruled the fire an arson and turned the case over to the sheriff's office.

It took 20 firefighters about 90 minutes to put out the fire. The Red Cross arrived to help the family.

Authorities ask anyone with information on the fire or burglary to call the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

King said the best way to deter similar incidents is to make sure properties are secured, to have an active neighborhood watch and report any suspicious activity.

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