AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Investigators say somebody intentionally set the house fire that killed a father and his daughter in Aiken County Saturday.
Coroner Tim Carlton said 28-year-old Dunkan Baker's 2-year-old daughter died at the scene of the fire at their home on Old Tory Trail Road near Aiken Saturday morning. Baker died several hours later at the hospital.
Carlton said both died from burns and smoke inhalation. Autopsies were performed Sunday. Carlton is not releasing the child's name.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office investigators say they ruled the blaze arson after finding several spots in the home where they believe fires were intentionally started.
"It's a tragedy for the neighborhood and surrounding community to know that something like that had happened so quickly," said Donald Butler, a neighbor.
Butler says he didn't know his neighbor all that well.
"I would see him, we would speak, I would speak to his wife. Everybody was friendly. We would speak when we saw each other," said Butler.
Capt. Eric Abdullah of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office told the Aiken Standard that dispatchers received an emergency call from a passing driver about the house fire.
"There were no indicators of accident ignition sources. There were multiple points of origin inside the home, and we're calling it arson," said Abdullah.
Investigators are hoping to get answers from the evidence they collected. While deputies wait for those answers, Butler has a question of his own.
"Why did it have to happen, that's the main concern," said Butler. "When there's a child involved we always wonder why."
If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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