UPDATE: Fire that killed father, daughter declared arson

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Sunday, May 12, 2013

AIKEN S.C. (WRDW) -- The fire that killed a father and his daughter over the weekend has been declared arson.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says there were "multiple areas of origin" inside the house and there were "no accidental means of ignition."

Deputies say physical evidence collected from the house will be sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for analysis.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A father and his daughter have died from a house fire in Aiken County, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say they received the call around 10 a.m. Saturday and responded to a house fire on the 300 block of Old Tory Trail in Montmorenci.

Dunkan Baker, 28, was found at the scene and taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead around 3 p.m. His daughter was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire is considered suspicious and is being investigated by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

The family of the homeowner told News 12 the house belonged to the grandfather of the deceased child and that he was not home at the time of the fire. Authorities say the house is a total loss.

Both Baker and his daughter died from thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.

Eight different departments were called out to the scene. Montmorenci Fire Rescue was the first to respond.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday morning in Newberry, S.C.

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