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Investigation of intentionally set fire continues in Sumter

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter police have arrested one person and are looking for at least two others after a fire left a man with burns to 60 percent of his body.

Police say someone intentionally set the home on 18 Hoyt Street on fire around 4 a.m. Saturday by throwing a Molotov cocktail through the bedroom window. The incident now has neighbors concerned about their own safety. 

"I'm very concerned because it could happen to me next," George Ritter said. 

Only a few houses sit between Ritter's home and the house that was set on fire. 

"It's really horrible. It's hard to say what people won't do and what they will do now- a-days," Ritter said. 

The Sumter Police Department said Wednesday they believe the fire is related to drug activity. 

David S. Sims, 26, was arrested and charged with arson second-degree and conspiracy. 

The victim has been identified as 30-year-old George Bradley. Bradley is currently undergoing treatment at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in  Augusta. He is in stable condition. 

Police also say five other people were in the the home during the fire but did not suffer injuries.

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