Crews investigate suspicious fire in KCK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Investigators are trying to figure out who may have intentionally set a house on fire at 1030 Rowland Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

The elderly couple who lives inside inside narrowly escaped from their home just after 8 p.m. Monday.

Neighbors say the couple heard someone throw something through their front window, shattering the glass.

Within two minutes, the house was engulfed in flames.

Police officers and fire investigators are looking into whether a Molotov cocktail was to set the house on fire.

A Molotov cocktail is made with a breakable object which is often filled with fuel or alcohol with a rag used as a fuse. It is lit then thrown at the intended target and can be used to start and accelerate a fire.

The couple dashed from their home as soon as they hurt the breaking glass in their living room.

Neighbors, like Floyd Jackson, heard the crackling flames and rushed out to help.

It was too late for the house to be saved, but the husband and wife weren't hurt in the blaze.

The damage left behind Wednesday morning is extensive. Every part of the home is torched.

Jackson says he's disturbed that someone could be so cruel in his neighborhood, which he has called home for 50 years.

"It's mind boggling. Just mind boggling. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about it. The other neighbors said after the person threw the fire bomb they took off down the street. I don't know if they had enemies or what but that's what everyone says happened," Jackson said with a sigh.

"I couldn't live with myself doing that. You just made these people homeless. She was crying about all her furniture being gone. She was crying and crying and crying," he added.

Firefighters and police are still investigating.

The damage is estimated around $80,000.
 

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