JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – There is a neighborhood crime alert for people living on and around Edison Street in the Lackawanna neighborhood.
A family of five are lucky to be alive and still have a home after the state fire marshal says someone deliberately set an explosive device in their driveway.
According to the state fire marshal’s office, someone created a gasoline-soaked torch, then placed it under the family’s SUV near the gas tank. The SUV was parked in the driveway a few yards from the house where two adults and three children were sleeping.
A scorch mark can still be seen in the driveway of the house Lorraine Jackson’s family recently moved into. It’s the remains of a tire that exploded late Saturday night.
“We were awakened by a loud pop or bang outside. I told my husband to go check it out and see what the noise was. He got out in front and found our vehicle was on fire,” Jackson told News4JAX. “If we hadn’t heard the tire burst, we probably would have lost everything.”
Jackson said she and her husband had just purchased the SUV and couldn’t understand why it was on fire, and because it was parked near the house, she feared the fire would spread.
“It was awful because I didn’t know if the vehicle was going to explode or anything so I immediately got myself and my 5 month old and the rest of my daughters out of the house,” he said. said Jackson.
A police report was prepared by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, Jackson said, she received a phone call from the state fire marshal that left her even more worried.
“They let us know that the individual had created a torch and doused it with gasoline and set our vehicle on fire,” she said.
Evidence of a flare was located in the rear tire area well near the gas tank.
Jackson said she and her husband had no enemies and struggled to understand why anyone would put their family at risk.
“We are a good, honest family. We work. We go to church and come home and hang out with our daughters, so that’s something we least expect to happen to us,” Jackson said.
According to a JSO crime map adjusted to show crimes reported within a half-mile radius of Jackson’s home, there was one murder, two home burglaries, one car burglary and seven robberies in the four last weeks. And now there’s been confirmed arson.
Jackson and her husband are urging all of their neighbors to watch themselves and report anything suspicious.
If anyone has any information on this arson case, you are encouraged to contact JSO at 904-630-0500.
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