Spartanburg County deputies said were assisting in an investigation after a Boiling Springs home caught fire Monday morning.
Boiling Springs firefighters were called to a home on Hanging Rock Road just before 10 a.m. after a passing driver saw flames, deputies said.
Ivey said when the witness stopped to see if anyone was inside the house, he saw a handwritten note on the front door that said there was a bomb inside.
The sheriff's office Hazardous Devices Unit was brought in as a precaution, but Ivey said no device was found inside the home once firefighters had the fire extinguished. He said firefighters think the note may have been posted to prevent them from fighting the fire.
Lt. Tony Ivey with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office told FOX Carolina that firefighters discovered obvious signs of arson and arson officials were at the home investigating.
Hanging Rock Road remained closed near Bay Hill Drive and was cleared before 2 p.m.
No one was injured. Deputies praised the actions of the passing motorist who saw the fire, attempted to see if anyone was inside the home and reported the fire.
Deputies said while they were still at the scene the homeowner, 62-year-old Dennis Swaney, returned and was taken to a local hospital for unrelated issued.
Later on Monday, deputies issued an arrest warrant for Swaney for third-degree arson, saying he intentionally set his home on fire. They said he would be arrested once he was released from the hospital.
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