Threatening Graffiti Found On Burning Home With Family Inside


UPDATED: Friday November 30, 2012 6:27 PM

Fire officials were trying to figure out who started a fire at a home where threatening graffiti was sprayed.

According to fire officials, the fire started at a home, located in the 6400 block of Stretton Place, at about 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Two adults and a small child were inside the home and were able to escape with their pets without injury.

Authorities said that they were concerned because of the graffiti found on the garage door.

“I’ll shoot you next time,” was one of several messages left behind.

Resident Dustin Bower said that some of the messages had racial undertones.

Bower said that he has a lot of questions about the damage to his home.

“I think I’m a nice guy,” Bower said. “I’m easy to get along with, you know. It’s just, what did I do?”

The blaze started on one of the vehicles in the driveway and quickly spread to another vehicle, eventually reaching the garage. Fire crews said that they were investigating a gas tank found on the scene.

“Once I started to see the vinyl melting off the house, that was a pretty good idea to maybe abandon ship for a little bit,” Bower said.

Bower said that he had an idea about why his family was targeted, but he said that he did not want to share it with 10TV News for fear of compromising the investigation.

“Something’s going on,” Bower said. “You know, I’m not quite sure what it is.”

Bower said that he hoped the words spray painted on his garage would not turn into more violence.

Investigators said that they have not yet labeled the fire a hate crime.

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