Flames ripped through the roof of a North Augusta house as firefighters battled the blaze through the thick smoke early Friday afternoon.
The fire consumed everything but the brick foundation of the home on Longleaf Court.
North Augusta Public Safety officer Lt. Tim Thornton says they arrested Carrie Knotts, 46, the woman who lived in the home and charged her with arson.
Kim Powell says Knotts watched her own house burn to the ground.
"I heard some banging over there, I came out to see what was going on and she came out and said she had just lit the house on fire to call 911. She sat down on the brick right there, lit a cigarette and watched it."
No one was hurt in the fire but the blaze was so big it took six fire departments to contain it.
North Augusta Fire Captain Charles Williams says the smoke plume was seen as far as 20 miles away.
Powell said she isn't too surprised the home went up in flames, "Her ex-husband told me last week that she was going to do this. I didn't believe it; now I believe it."
SLED and North Augusta Public Safety found that turpentine was used to accelerate the start of the fire.
Knotts is being held in the Aiken County Detention facility.
Crews are on the scene in North Augusta where a fire is burning out of control off of Pinon Road on Longleaf Court.
Our crew on the scene says the home looks to have extensive damage. There are 3 to 4 agencies working the fire at this time. Officials tell us the home will burn to the ground. The brick foundation is the only thing left at the scene.
Witnesses say one person came running from the home as the fire started.
Officers with North Augusta Public Safety tell FOX54 they are investigating this as a suspicious fire. They currently have a person of interest in questioning.
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