Samples from North Charleston fire sent to SLED for testing

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Fire Department investigators say they sent samples from a Monday morning house fire to state police for testing.

The State Law Enforcement Division is being asked to help determine if the fire on Greenridge Road was caused by an arsonist. The owner of the Northwood Estates home believes the fire was deliberately set because there was no electricity running to the house.

"I wanted to wake up this morning and think I had dreamt this and it was not happening. It didn't happen," said homeowner J. Denise Cromwell.

Monday's fire is actually the second time the Cromwell family has had to deal with a fire on the same site. In May of last year their original home was destroyed in an electrical fire. Now another fire happened just nine months later.

"I'm two months shy of moving back into my house," Cromwell said. "Somebody had to set this intentionally."

Cromwell says she has her own suspicions about who is responsible.

"I'm just floored. I'm in total shock. I'm in disbelief. I'm just hurting so badly that somebody would do something like this," she said.

Whether it turns out to be arson or an accident, Cromwell says she will finish rebuilding and renovating the home, even though this time, it will take a little longer.

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