Arson suspected in blaze that destroys home

By Tarik Minor, Anchor-reporter, tminor@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:06:38 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 22 2013 12:09:27 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A 74-year-old woman who was just released from a nursing home can't return back to her house on the Northside because the family says someone burned the house down.

The State Fire Marshal's office suspects arson in the house fire which broke out Saturday morning on West 28th Street, near the intersection of Pearl.

Family members say the entire home was gutted by flames. Four decades of family gatherings, photos and memories, all went up in flames.

"It felt empty inside, this is like a family tradition home," said the victim's grandson, Carry Yancey. "My grandmother had this home for 30 years. I was born in this house and I'm 30 now.”

According to family what hurts even more, is that they say someone set the fire intentionally. Family members say the arson may be in response to a recent domestic dispute, and they have a message for whoever is responsible.

"Believe me justice will be served," says family member Timothy Walden. "And believe me, you are going to be caught, so ain't no where you can hide.”

Family members tell Channel 4, investigators told them it was arson, and they detected an accelerate in two separate parts of the house.

The family believes the arsonist set the house on fire, with the intention of killing one of their family members.

"The intent was to hurt someone," Yancey says. "No one was home. I believe it was an intent to harm an individual.”

Family members ay the have a pretty good idea about who is responsible. If you have any information your asked to contact the state fire marshals office.

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