Sumter authorities have charged a man for deliberately setting an apartment on fire with two children inside.
52-year-old Timothy Dingle was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a fire at the Lantana Apartments on Carolina Avenue. Dingle is the live-in boyfriend of the mother of the 9-year-old and 10-year-old who were left inside the burning building.
Police say the mother had just left the house to walk to a friend’s when Dingle started the fire with the children inside. Dingle was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and arson.
Firefighters had to pull the two children from the burning building. One of the kids was transported to the Augusta Burn Center and the other was taken to Palmetto Health Richland.