Home Of Only Black Family In White Neighborhood Gets Torched In Suspected Hate Crime
An African-American family of four is lucky to have made it out alive after their home, which sits in a predominantly white area was allegedly targeted in vicious hate crime attack.
via CBS Los Angeles
Authorities Thursday were investigating a “suspicious” fire at a South Bay home while the family who lives there wondered if they were targeted.
The fire was reported at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of 11th Street in Manhattan Beach, the Manhattan Beach Fire Department said.
The family is black and moved into the home about a year ago.
The family was asleep inside the home, but was awakened by their barking dog and smoke detectors. They were able to get out of the house safely.
Homeowner Ron Clinton said someone left a burning tire at their front door.
“They used an accelerant to ignite it,” said Clinton. “All I know is that when I woke up, I woke up to a loud blast.”
“The fire was extinguished and found to be confined to the front entrance, with significant smoke damage to the second and third floor,” officials said.
The fire caused more than $200,000 in smoke damage to the home.
A motive has yet to be determined, but Clinton, a married father of three, says the family has had other incidents.
“We don’t know who could have done it. But being we are the only African-American family in that area, it was brought to my front door and it feels like it’s personal.”
Hopefully they find who did this and stop them from attempting to harm other families.