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North Augusta Man Sets Fire to ‘Possessed’ House


A North Augusta man set fire to his own house Wednesday because the house was “possessed,” authorities say.

Donald Ginn, 29, was charged with arson in the third degree following the morning fire at 1005 Thurmond Street.

The man’s neighbor said Ginn walked up to him outside the burning home and confessed, “The house is possessed. I poured a gallon of gasoline on it and set it on fire.”

North Augusta Public Safety officers tracked down Ginn as he walked on Austin and Weston streets. An officer asked Ginn if he knew why he was being stopped, and he replied “his house was on fire,” a report says.

Ginn was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


    • No one knows what his house was like unless you had been in it. It might had demons or some sort of possession. If you don’t believe in that sort of thing and you have never seen or heard what he is talking about, so as she said above “don’t judge”. Burning the house didn’t get rid of what was in it, so go and walk around it in the middle of the night and see what you think, you might have a difference of opinion.

  1. These are public comment boards, and people are free to judge as they see fit. If someone thinks it’s a bit nutty to find one’s home possessed and set it on fire they are more than free to say so. If you feel the need to dictate the terms of a comment board, please feel free to start your own and moderate as you wish.

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  3. Shut the hell up Susan. Is that dictating enough for you? By you telling me not to dictate by saying dont judge, you are dictating! Ha! I can say whatever I like and I said that because I know him and know he’s a good person. I was trying to say unless you know the person you shouldn’t judge not knowing anything really about what’s going on. B@#%¥

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