A Gaffney man is accused of attempting to kill his parents by setting their home on fire.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies say 22-year-old Fletcher Blanton is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of grand larceny. Investigators say Blanton set his parent’s home on fire and stole almost $5,000 in their property, including tools and electronics. Firefighters and deputies responded to a fire about 1:30 a.m. Monday.
An incident report states that Blanton, who also lived at the home, told investigators that he awoke to find smoke inside the home, got his parents out of the house, and called 911. Firefighters, however, found evidence that the fire had been intentionally set. Investigators found that Blanton had disconnected a special fire alarm with a flashing light designed for the hearing-impaired and thrown it outside. Investigators say they believe Blanton had second thoughts, kicked in his parents’ bedroom door, and got them out.
Evidence from the fire has been sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for analysis to determine how the fire was set. The home was a total loss, with damage estimated at $75,000.
Blanton has been denied bond and remains at the Cherokee County Detention Center.