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Husband of woman killed in Anderson fire breaks down in court

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Firefighters investigate the fire at a home on Mountain View Road. (Nov. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina) Firefighters investigate the fire at a home on Mountain View Road. (Nov. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Clifford Morrell appears before an Anderson Co. judge on the conspiracy charge. (Nov. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina) Clifford Morrell appears before an Anderson Co. judge on the conspiracy charge. (Nov. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Wanda Morrell (Source: Anderson Co. Coroner's Office) Wanda Morrell (Source: Anderson Co. Coroner's Office)
Firefighters investigate the fire at a home on Mountain View Road. (Nov. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina) Firefighters investigate the fire at a home on Mountain View Road. (Nov. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a man is in custody after his wife died while trapped inside a burning home in Anderson County on Tuesday.

Firefighters and the coroner were called to a fire that destroyed the unoccupied home along Mountain View Road about noon.

While at the scene, a man was taken in for questioning after the fire, according to Anderson County deputies.

"The victim on scene had sustained some burns on the hand, and he informed us that his wife was inside the building," said deputy coroner Don McCown.

McCown said firefighters were able to find the woman inside one of the rooms in the home.

Deputies and firefighters said the fire is suspicious because the home had no power and it was not being lived in, saying there was no natural cause for the blaze that they have been able to find.

McCown identified the victim as 56-year-old Wanda Morrell.

He said she died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, but since other people were involved, he said he ruled her death a homicide.

The victim's husband, Clifford Michael Morrell, 59, was detained after the fire and was charged with criminal conspiracy by the Anderson County Fire Department, according to online jail records.

The coroner said the woman who died was part of a group that was trying to burn down the home. He said it appeared the woman got trapped in the home after the fire started.

Clifford Morrell, of Monroe, GA, appeared before a judge Thursday morning where his bond was set at $25,000.

FOX Carolina was there for the hearing where Morrell broke down briefly, saying it was a mistake and did not know how to get in touch with anyone who can bail him out.

"It was just a big mistake I didn't want no part of," Morrell said.

He went on to say, "I don't know where my wife's at; I don't know nothing," Morrell told the judge.

Morrell's next court date is set for Dec. 20 in Anderson County.

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