Family Safe After Apparent Firebombing On Detroit’s West Side

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(Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

(Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit family scrambled to safety Wednesday morning after their home was targeted in a firebombing — just hours after the city’s Angels’ Night anti-arson campaign kicked off.

Authorities say all five occupants, including a baby and two other children, made it out of the home on Virgil Street, near Telegraph Road and I-96, after it caught fire overnight.

The homeowner reportedly heard something hit the front porch and then a loud boom. The woman’s next door neighbor, who did not want to be named, told WWJ’s Mike Campbell he heard the commotion and sprung into action.

“That’s when I stepped out the door and seen the front of the house on fire,” he said. “Then we came outside and I’ve been trying to keep it under control with a water hose.”

The fire department responded, extinguished the fire and left the scene. But about an hour later, a hot spot in the attic flared back up and the fire department was called back to the house.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a neck injury from a fall. No other injuries were reported.

An investigation is ongoing.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest.

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