WALHALLA, SC (WYFF) - The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Seneca man with attempted murder following a house fire Friday night in the Utica Mill Hill area.
Daniel Drotning, 38, of Seneca, is accused of pouring gasoline on his wife and setting her on fire.
Oconee County deputies, fire crews and paramedics responded to the Utica Street address around 10:45 p.m Friday because of a house fire call involving a female victim trapped inside.
When officers arrived they observed a woman lying on the porch with burns on her body. The woman told deputies and other officials on the scene that her husband had done this to her but could not tell deputies how or why it was done.
According to deputies Drotning, said that he attempted to light the grill with gasoline and it blew up on his wife.
Officers checked grills at the house, which they said were cool to the touch and had dew on them.
According to fire personnel, it appeared the grills were not involved and the fire was started in a room in the residence.
They also said Drotning did not have any visible injuries consistent with his story.
Deputies placed Drotning under arrest for attempted murder and a search warrant was obtained to collect any evidence from the scene.
Drotning was being held at the Oconee County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
Investigators said Drotning's wife has burns on about 50 percent of her body and is in very serious condition.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.