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The State Fire Marshal’s Office says someone intentionally set off an explosive device outside the family of 5’s Jacksonville home

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says someone intentionally set off an explosive device outside the family of 5’s Jacksonville home

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says someone intentionally set off an explosive device outside the family of 5’s Jacksonville home

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – There is a neighborhood crime alert for people living in and around Edison Street in the Lackawanna neighborhood.

A family of five is lucky to be alive and still have a home after the state fire marshal says someone intentionally set off an explosive device in their driveway.

According to the state fire marshal, someone made a gasoline-soaked torch and then placed it under the family’s sport utility vehicle near the gas tank. The SUV was parked in the driveway just a few steps from the house where two adults and three children were sleeping.

A burn mark can still be seen on the driveway of the house where Lorraine Jackson’s family recently moved. It’s the remains of a tire that exploded late Saturday night.

“We were woken up by a loud crash or bang outside. I told my husband to go check what the noise was. He came out front and found our vehicle on fire,” Jackson told News4JAX. “If we hadn’t heard the tire blow, we probably would have lost everything.”

Jackson said she and her husband had just bought an SUV and didn’t understand why it was on fire, and because it was parked near the house, she was afraid the fire would spread.

“It was scary because I didn’t know if the vehicle was going to explode or what, so I immediately got myself and my five-month-old and my other girls out of the house,” Jackson said.

The police report was written by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Jackson said she received a phone call from the state fire marshal on Tuesday that made her even more concerned.

“We were told that a person made a torch and poured gasoline over it and set fire to our vehicle,” she said.

Evidence of a flare was located in the rear tire well area near the gas tank.

The state fire marshal’s office says someone made a gasoline-soaked torch and then placed it under the family’s SUV near the gas tank. (Provided to WJXT)

Jackson said she and her husband have no enemies and find it hard to understand why anyone would put their family in danger.

“We are a good and honest family. We are working. “We go to church and come home and spend time with our daughters, so this is the least we would expect to happen,” Jackson said.

According to a JSO crime map adjusted to show reported crimes within a half-mile of Jackson’s home, there has been a homicide, two home burglaries, a car break-in and seven thefts in the past four weeks. And now arson has been confirmed.

Jackson and her husband are urging all their neighbors to look out for each other and report anything suspicious.

Anyone with information about this arson case is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500.

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