Fire that destroyed Nichols home investigated as arson

The scene of the fire near Nichols that is being investigated as an arson on Friday afternoon

A fire near Nichols that destroyed a home Thursday morning is being investigated as an arson, Horry County police say.

Police were called to the fire on Sand Plant Road around 7 a.m. When they arrived on the scene the fire was fully involved and firefighters were working to control it.

A woman told police the man she thinks set the fire had told her earlier she would die before the night was over, according to a report from Horry County police.

The woman told police that smoke woke her and another woman in the house. They got out of the home through a window, according to the report.

The report said that officers on an earlier shift had responded to that same home in reference to an assault.

Police searched the area for the man. A witness told them that she saw a man matching the description walking away from the home earlier.

Police found a footprint and used blood hounds to search for him. They were then told the man was just over the border in North Carolina.

Columbus County police were asked to respond and secure the man until he could be interviewed by Horry County police, the report said.

The man is in custody in North Carolina awaiting extradition to Horry County, according to Horry County Police Lieutenant Robert Kegler.

The value of the home was listed at $50,000 on the report. No one was injured.