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Mother and 2 Children Escape Potentially Deadly Fire


A woman and two young children were inside when a device intended to start a fire was thrown through their window around 10:30 Thursday night.

This happened last night at the Summer Place Townhomes near Jolly and Waverly roads on Lansing's southeast side.

10-year-old Zeena Theeban is no stranger to violence. Blood shed is why she and her family left Iraq.

"They killed my dad and two brothers... America is safe. We come here? See what happens!" Zeena explains.

Zeena says three rocks flew through her family's livingroom window along with a fire ball.

She was upstairs with her 8-year-old sister and mom when they heard the window shatter around 10:30.


"We go down and we see all the fire," said Zeena.

She says flames were coming from the carpet and the couch.

While she ran outside to get help, her mom and neighbors smothered the flames with a broom.

Today, the family's burned couch was taken away and their charred carpet replaced.

Fire investigators say they don't see many fire bombings in lLansing, but say the devices are dangerous.

"It had the potential to get the apartment going very well, potentially trapping the three occupants," said Brad Drury, Lansing Fire Marshal.

Lansing police say they're looking for two young men because witnesses told them they saw them running eastbound from the scene. @

"At this time, there's no evidence to support that it is a hate crime, obviously we'll look at all options of why somebody would throw this through the window of this family," said Mike Yankowski with the Lansing Police. "These type of incidents won't be tolerated. The person and person responsible for this will be prosecuted."

This isn't the first time this family has been attacked. They told 6 News rocks came flying through their windows just two months ago. Police also say back in March, similar rockings have happened in this neighborhood.

If you have any information about what happened last night, call Crimestoppers at 517-483-stop.

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