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Firefighters, arson teams investigate fire at massive Taylors home

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The smoldering remains. (May 4, 2013/FOX Carolina) The smoldering remains. (May 4, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Flames soar from the home as seen from outside the entrance gates. (Courtesy Cara B.) Flames soar from the home as seen from outside the entrance gates. (Courtesy Cara B.)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Arson investigators are investigating a fire that completely destroyed a massive home in Taylors, known by many as the "castle."

Firefighters with the Piedmont Park Fire Department said they were called to 3705 Locust Hill Rd. just before midnight Saturday and found the house fully engulfed in flames. Soon after, the home collapsed.

Some of the fire continued to burn, and the rubble smoldered Sunday.

"It was a four-story structure, and as the floors collapsed it trapped a lot of the debris between them. The water cannot get in there too, so eventually we had to cease operations," said Fire Capt. Duane Brock with Piedmont Fire.

According to the realty website Zillow, the home was a 10,620-square-foot, four-bedroom house built in 1985 set on a 10-acre lot. The realty listing on Zillow states the house was "bank owned" and called it a "major fixer upper."

As dozens stopped by to look at what little remained of the massive home Sunday, one potential buyer said they were heartbroken to find it gone.

"We just pulled up the other day, we were just starting to make contact with the realtor and we're really wanting to buy this house," said potential buyer Angela Colley.

"Some people might consider mansions bigger, but it was a mansion to me and I had just dreamed about my whole life living there," Colley said. "When we drove by this morning and saw fire trucks this morning it broke my heart - it did."

Firefighters said the home had been vacant for at least two years and said they are still investigating to determine a cause.

"There was no power on in that structure that we know of. Fires don't just happen by themselves," said Brock.

Firefighters said deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office arson team are also investigating.

They asked anyone who may have seen people at the home or who may have information on the fire to call investigators or Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.

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