Fire Bomb Is Allegedly Thrown At Home

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

A fire bomb is allegedly thrown at a home in Letcher County, burning it to the ground.

Police say it happened in the Cowan community on highway 931.

A soldier, just returning from Iraq on Tuesday, was going there to meet his newborn daughter, but the home where his parents just finished her nursery is now gone.

The family had just put up their Christmas tree, but at midnight, a blaze sparked that took everything they owned to the ground.

Neighbors say they spotted a suspicious car driving slowly through the neighborhood, but they never imagined this would follow.

"Two guys got out with a bottle and they threw it and they jumped back in the car and sped off," Debbie Scott said.

It's what some call a maldive cocktail or a fire bomb, something police say has been a common cause of arson fires in eastern Kentucky.

"Some flamable liquid did get thrown on the front porch in the area of the front door," Jim Burnett, KSP Arson Investigator, said.

Jeff and Vivian Roberts, along with two sons were home when police say they heard something hit the front door and immediately saw flames, they escaped out the back.

"It's sad to burn them out of their home like that. They had remodeled and put thousands of dollars in that home," Debbie Scott said.

Part of the new decor, was a new baby's room. A third son, Zachary is on his way home from Iraq to meet his one-week old daughter and celebrate with his wife, but his childhood home is now gone.

The family went to meet soldier Zachary Roberts at the Knoxville Airport Tuesday afternoon to bring him home.

Police say there were no signs of an anti-war motive.

Police are searching for more details on the car and the two guys spotted at the crime scene.

If you have any information you can call Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069.


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