Report: 2 people poured gasoline on Pawleys Island home, set back deck on fire

Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 11:45 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2022 at 3:27 PM EDT
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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) – The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a woman said two people intentionally set her back deck on fire.

Deputies were called to a home around 12:30 a.m. Friday on Ferguson Drive, near the Publix grocery store, about some suspicious activity.

The woman, Margaret Wigfall, told deputies that she saw on her security camera, two people she didn’t know, pouring gasoline on the ground just outside her house and next to her back deck. The deputy noted a strong odor next to the back deck in the incident report.

Wigfall has been living in her trailer home for more than 40 years. She said something like this has never happened before. She still wonders why the suspects targeted her home.

“I don’t bother nobody, I don’t have enemies,” said Wigfall. “All I do is go to church and come home. I was mad and the reason why I’m still upset about it is because I don’t know who it is and why they are doing it.”

The two people then walk away toward Petigru Drive where a relative saw them and the two took off running, according to the incident report. Deputies said they canvassed the area but were unable to find the two people.

Then a few hours later, around 3:10 a.m., deputies responded back out to the home on Ferguson Drive where the victim told them that the same two people came back to the house and set fire to back deck stairs.

“The suspect dressed in black pants and red hooded jacket with a black stripe poured gas along the deck stairs and a few minutes later the suspect dressed in all black started the fire and engulfed the stairs,” according to the incident report.

Deputies are searching for two people who poured gasoline on Pawleys Island home and set it on fire with people inside

Then the two people left the scene and headed toward Petigru Drive.

The homeowners were able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived at the scene. Wigfall said if it wasn’t for the Ring camera it could have been worse.

“Always remember there’s a God up there. God was with me that morning because if not my whole house would have been in flames,” Wigfall said.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said at this point no arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information can call the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 843- 546-5102.

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