UPDATE: Investigators are trying to find the person responsible for fire-bombing one Chattanooga home, early Wednesday morning.
The incident comes nearly three months after two Chattanooga homes were fire-bombed, all three homes are within a ten mile radius of each other.
Firefighters responded to the burning home shortly before 1 a.m. on Phoenix Avenue. The mom of 3 was too afraid to be identified but says most of those fire bombs hit one side side of her house. One of them crashed through back window, landing on the dining room table. She says she picked it up and threw it right back outside while she was on the phone with 911.
"Dispatch: 911 can you hear me? Homeowner: Hello, yes I need the police at my house, some kids from earlier, they busted my windows out and they're trying to set my house on fire."
The homeowner tells Channel 3, that the attackers threw several beer bottles filled with gasoline.
"They threw a sock through the back window and it's on fire too," said the homeowner.
In a panic, she's tried to stop the flames from spreading..
"My back wash room is smoking and I'm spraying my back door with a water faucet," said the homeowner.
Dispatch told her to grab the kids and get out and she did. Fire officials tell us her family is lucky to escape so many fire bombs.
"They can be very dangerous if they start a fire and they can endanger lives, the fire can spread very quickly and trap those in their homes and they can be injured or killed," said Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Dept. Spokesperson.
The homeowner said she had some problems with two teenagers early Tuesday after she caught them trying to steal her car. She filed a police report and says she believes the attack was in retaliation. Police say they are investigating potential gang ties and at this time it is not confirmed if the fire was gang involved or not.
"There were people inside that home and so if they're caught right off the bat it would be Aggravated Arson for endangering lives," said Garner. " We take this very, very seriously. Lives were endangered and so fire and police investigators are going to be looking at this very intently."
The fire damaged the back door which will most likely need to be replaced. If you have any information that can help investigators call Chattanooga Police
In Tennessee, Aggravated Arson is a class A felony. Persons convicted of Aggravated Arson face prison time of 15-60 years and up to $50,000 in fines.
The Chattanooga Fire Department and police department responded to an overnight house fire at 614 Phoenix Ave. early Wednesday morning.
The call came in around 1:00 a.m.
After arriving on scene, firefighters noticed that a small fire at the rear of the home had been extinguished by residents.
There were no damages inside of the home, and no injuries were reported.
Capt. Henry McElvain works with the Fire Investigation Division, and says evidence shows incendiary devices appeared to have been thrown at the house.
Officials say one resident at the home mentioned that she has had several "run-ins" with local gang members in the area.
Saturday, January 20 2018 8:07 AM EST2018-01-20 13:07:44 GMT
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