Spartanburg house where man violently attacked, stabbed catches fire


Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a Spartanburg County house that went up in flames on Friday. Authorities say it was the same house where a man was violently attacked and stabbed earlier this year.

Firefighters battled flames for hours at a house on Cedar Springs Road, near Highway 56, in Spartanburg County. 

Croft Fire Chief Lewis Hayes said no one was hurt in the fire.

The house on Cedar Springs Road is the same place where a man was violently attack and stabbed in January. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it’s raising eyebrows, because no one has been living in the home since the murder happened. 

The Croft Fire Chief tells 7News he is confident Friday’s fire is not related to the homicide earlier this year. 

“Emergency vehicles had this side blocked,” said Dick Jones, a Cedar Springs Road homeowner. “Police had the other side blocked…Nobody could go through.” 

Crews were able to contain the fire from spreading to nearby homes. However, 7News has learned this was not the first time 261 Cedar Springs Road was flooded with law enforcement officers and first responders, this year. 

“This was also the scene of a stabbing back in January. Do you remember that?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“Yes I do. Yes I do,” said Jones.

Police say Lanham Wood, the resident of 261 Cedar Springs Road, was attacked and stabbed multiple times. Wood was taken to the hospital, but later died from his injuries. 

Roy Sutherland (34) and Amy Berridge (35) were arrested and charged with Wood’s murder. 

Fire Chief Hayes says Spartanburg County condemned the home shortly after and it’s sat empty ever since, which raises some red flags. 

“That just tipped us off that there was something suspicious,” Hayes told 7News. “There is no power to the house.” 

Jones, says minus the recent incidents, the area is normally pretty quiet. 

“You aren’t worried about anything?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“No I’m not worried. I’ve got something in the house to take care of it.” Jones said. 

Chief Hayes agrees with Jones. He says police often responded to drug activity happened at  261 Cedar Springs Road, but that’s stopped recently. 

Hayes tells 7News he’s asked the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office to take the lead on the investigation into the cause of the fire. However, he did say he’s fairly certain about one thing. 

“I would be safe to say, we think that it probably had nothing to do with the murder that happened during January. It was probably just two separate events.” Hayes said. 

Spartanburg County investigators still haven’t determined the motive for the violent attack in January. 
Sutherland and Berridge are still behind bars. 

The cause of the fire is undetermined as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. 

Firefighters suspect a squatter was in and out of the condemned house.

READ MORE: 2 charged with murder in Spartanburg Co.

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