MSP: Graffitied racial slurs used to cover for arson - WNEM TV 5

MSP: Graffitied racial slurs used to cover for arson

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The house next to Alex McCarty caught fire early on Thursday morning.

"It was kind of scary waking up and seeing all of the fire trucks and stuff. So yeah that was alarming," McCarty said.

Police said racial slurs had been painted on the home on Chandler Avenue in Flint just a couple of days earlier, leaving some to wonder if this incident was a hate crime.

"It just broke my heart. Who would do something like that?" McCarty said.

Despite the vandalism to the house and the fire the followed a couple of days later, state police are not calling this a hate crime.

"Somebody used the graffiti to cover up an arson. Our fire investigator did find evidence of accelerants inside the home," said MSP Lt. David Kaiser. "Also there are other minorities that live in that area that have had no problems whatsoever."

Kaiser said the fire started from inside the home and the doors were locked and the cause of the fire is arson. With that said, the investigation is still ongoing.

"The state police fire marshal has gathered evidence from inside the home. He will turn it over to our state police investigators," Kaiser said. "They're going to do a very thorough investigation into this and find out exactly who set this fire and why."

Kaiser insists, if there were indications of a hate crime his department would take it seriously.

McCarty said hers is a quiet neighborhood and a good place to live. But she said from now on she'll be more aware of her surroundings.

"We need to either get an alarm system on here since we just moved in or we need to start looking out and hearing for things," McCarty said.

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