Father and daugther die in fire Aiken authorities labeling 'suspicious'

A father and daughter died after a fire the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office suspect is an arson.

About 10 a.m. Saturday, a passing motorist reported a house on fire at 331 Old Tory Road in Montmorenci, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

A 2-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, was found dead inside the residence after the fire had been extinguished. Her father, Dunkan Baker, 28, was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he died about 3 p.m., according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said the fire is being investigated as an arson but could not comment further, citing the investigation.

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