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Man arrested after barricading himself in Conway home he later set on fire, cops say

A man was arrested Wednesday after police say he barricaded himself inside a Conway home for hours and later started a fire inside the home.

Authorities said the man barricaded himself in a home early Wednesday on Harden Drive, which is part of the North Lake community off Highway 319. Horry County police, SWAT and Horry County Sheriff's Office deputies were on scene.

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A standoff ensued in the North Lake community outside Conway today when the Horry County Sheriff's department attempted to serve an eviction. Shortly after the suspect surrendered, authorities noticed a fire in the upper floor of the home with Horry County Fire Rescue responding. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews.com

A Facebook post from HCSO states a negotiator spoke with the man and that authorities were looking for "a peaceful resolution to this incident."

HCSO Spokesperson Lt. Sherri Smith said the incident began around noon Wednesday.

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A standoff ensued in the North Lake community outside Conway today when the Horry County Sheriff's department attempted to serve an eviction. Shortly after the suspect surrendered, authorities noticed a fire in the upper floor of the home with Horry County Fire Rescue responding. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews.com

Tom Fox, Chief Deputy with the sheriff's office said deputies were evicting a man when he barricaded himself on the second floor of a house.

Negotiators managed to convince him to come out, and give himself up, which he did, but not before setting a fire to the second story, Fox said.

He said the suspect was arrested around 4 p.m. and the case was an active crime scene due to arson.

Neighbor Lou Harris said the man, whose name she didn’t know, had been evicted several months before, but returned about a week ago.

Smith could not confirm whether the subject was armed and could not give any more details on the case.

Authorities ask to please avoid the area.

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