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Deputies: Wanted man set Cowpens home on fire with officers inside during arrest

Firefighters respond to Cowpens blaze. (April 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to Cowpens blaze. (April 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The fire damaged home in Cowpens. (April 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) The fire damaged home in Cowpens. (April 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
COWPENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire early Monday morning in Cowpens where deputies and police were serving arrest warrants, according to authorities at the scene.

According to Spartanburg County deputies at the scene, they were at the Old Pacolet Road home along with the Cowpens Police Department to serve outstanding arrest warrants about 3:40 a.m.

Deputies said 44-year-old Larry Alvin Morris was wanted on three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

As they entered the home, Morris ignited himself and the house, according to an investigation report provided by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Tony Ivey said the residence was set on fire while officers from the Cowpens Police Department and the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office were inside.

Ivey said the result of their investigation led to a magistrate court judge issuing additional warrants for the arrest of Morris for second-degree arson and five counts of arrested murder.

Deputies said the wanted person was alone inside the home and was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center with injuries. The man's brother-in-law said he was waiting to be flown to the Augusta Burn Center once the helicopter was cleared to fly, given the weather.

FOX Carolina spoke with the home's owner, who said the house was rented to the victim.

The Spartanburg County coroner was initially called to the scene but said there was not a fatality victim. Cowpens police will investigate the blaze.

Morris has not been booked into the detention center at this time because he is receiving medical treatment for unspecified injuries, according to Ivey.

The police chief said arson investigators were called in to help investigate the cause of the fire.

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