Charges upgraded to murder after woman dies from Florence house fire

Pee Dee Crime

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A woman who was injured in a house fire in the Florence area has died.

According to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken, the woman that was injured in a house fire on October 1, died Tuesday night. Her body will be sent to MUSC for an autopsy on Thursday.

The woman who died has been identified by von Lutcken as Bridget Tingen, 46, of Florence.

Allen Oliver Bryant, III, 45, of Sammy’s Lane in the Florence area, was arrested by investigators on Oct. 3. Bryant is charged with murder and first-degree arson.

Allen Oliver Bryant, III (credit: Florence County Detention Center)

Deputies with the FCSO and the Windy Hill Fire Department responded to a house fire on East Sammy’s Lane around 10:15 p.m. on October 1, the FCSO said. Upon arriving, a person inside the home was being taken to a hospital for treatment of “significant thermal burns.”

FCSO arson investigators responded and say the fire appeared to have been set intentionally.

Investigators allege that Bryant and the victim had been involved in a “verbal altercation, after which Bryant intentionally set fire to the house knowing that the victim was inside.”

“According to Investigators, at one point after the fire started the victim had escaped, and Bryant allegedly threw the victim back inside before fleeing the scene,” the FCSO also said.

Bryant is being held in the Florence County Detention Center without bond.

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