KCK family loses home to possible arson fire intended for another house

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas City, Kan., home was the possible target of arson but the family said it was the wrong target. Firefighters said an "incendiary device" may have been used to start a fire at 1030 Rowland Avenue Monday night.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to help determine the cause of the fire.

The family that lives inside the home, Terry and Linda Jackson, lost almost everything, but firefighters were able to salvage some of the owner's military badges.

Terry and his wife said they didn't deserve this.

"This aint the damage, this is a ruin. This is the barracks in Beirut in 83," Terry said as he looked at his home.

Terry is a former lieutenant in the Navy; he prides himself in being prepared for almost anything.

However, the couple wasn't prepared for the fire.

"I was sitting on the couch watching TV and then all of a sudden I heard a loud noise like someone threw something through the window, a big ole crash," Linda said.

Terry said he smelled gasoline and ran out of the house.

The couple, who is in their 60's, couldn't grab anything as they tried to escape the smoke and flames.

Neighbor Floyd Jackson said they were good people.

"I couldn't believe it... she was crying about all of her furniture's gone, everything's gone, that's how she felt about it she was just crying and crying and crying," he said.

Firefighters and ATF can't release any more details in the fire until they complete their investigation. However, the Jacksons are positive whatever came crashing through their window went through the wrong window.

"This was not meant for us, we don't deserve this. I fought for my country, I paid my dues. My sons fought for our country, my daughters fought for our country, we don't deserve this," Terry said.

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