(KMOV)-- A sheriff's deputy is targeted by an arsonist. Is it a case of revenge or a hate crime? Deputy Kevin Jackson's home was set on fire with his family inside. It happened over the weekend in the 200 block of John in Troy, Missouri.
Investigators are looking into this arson, and say it is at least the second suspicious fire at the home of African Americans.
Deputy Kevin Jackson has been with the department for about three years, and was working an overnight shift on Saturday when his wife woke up to a wall of flames outside the back door of their duplex. The fire department confirms an arsonist had set fire to some patio cushions.
The blaze spread into the attic, and what the flames didn't damage, the water did. Everyone escaped safely, but this public servant wonders if race was the reason his family was targeted.
The family did not have renter's insurance, and lost everything but a few appliances. Fundraisers have been set up at Schnucks and Target. One fundraiser for Deputy Kevin Jackson and family will be held May 2 at the Schnucks in Cottleville from 12 - 7.
Also, the family has been asked to register at the Dardenne Prairie Target if anyone would like to purchase replacement items.
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