McDowell County sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help pinpointing a suspect that set fire to a Marion home on Sunday, July 9.

Pat Connor, who lives with his wife, Judy, at 239 Stroud St., reported that he took his dogs outside Sunday afternoon and came back to find smoke rolling out a front window. After some searching, he discovered his basement door on fire. He was able to extinguish the blaze.

The crime occurred sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 9.

Anyone with information about the arson or suspect is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Branch at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.