SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Sumter County deputies arrested a man they say set his house on fire with seven children inside in order to get sympathy from his ex-girlfriend.
CBS affiliate WLTX reports that 36-year-old Timothy Ricky Browder, Jr. is charged with second degree Arson, seven counts of Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child, Filing a False Insurance Claim, and Burning Property to Defraud Insurers.
Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says Browder was distraught over a break-up and confessed to setting the home on fire to get sympathy from his girlfriend, who had recently moved out.
The fire happened June 4 and was ruled arson by fire investigators.
Browder also fired a claim with his rental insurance agency for losses from the fire.
None of the children were hurt in the fire.