Sheriff Chuck Wright said Friday that a deputy had been charged after intentionally burning down a house.

Dylan Ellis, who served as a detention officer, was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center Friday morning on four counts of attempted murder and arson third degree.

Wright said Ellis was suspected of setting a fire on August 23 on Ridgeville Church Road in the Inman community. The fire was set at 4 a.m. while four people were sleeping inside.

Wright said a mother, her nine-year-old and 15-year-old children, and an elderly woman were in the house. The smoke detector awakened them and they made it out safely.

"The house was completely destroyed," Wright said.

Firefighters knew fairly quickly that the fire had been intentionally set.

Ellis was identified as the suspect on Thursday and Wright said he confessed to the crime when he arrived to work.

SLED brought in to take over the investigation.

Wright said there were no indications that the 22-year-old jailer would do something like this.

"I expect more out of law enforcement, I expect you to do things by the book," Wright said.

Ellis, 22, had worked at the for the sheriff's office for 15 months.

He was denied bond.

Ellis is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center.

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