Brooklyn Center, MN – Federal authorities are investigating a middle-of-the-night arson attack on a home occupied by a family with small children who had Trump 2020 flags draped on the vehicles in their driveway.
Denis Molla told WCCO that he was blown out of bed by a loud boom at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 23 and looked out the window to see three people running away from his home as flamed engulfed his driveway and garage.
Molla said he rushed to get his wife, Deana, and their two year old and five-month-old baby out of the house and to safety.
“Our family’s safe, that’s the main thing. All this is material, it’s all material. It’s not as important as our family,” he told WCCO.
Outside, their burning trucks, trailer, and garage shot flames into the sky fueled by accelerant.
Molla and his wife also managed to save four puppies who were trapped in their smoke-filled garage, WCCO reported.
“We’re just very happy to be alive, and praise God that we’re alive,” Deana Molla said.
The garage doors had been vandalized and showed the words “Biden 2020,” “BLM,” and an anarchy symbol spray-painted across what remained of them after the fire, WCCO reported.
Molla and his wife said they think they were targeted because of the two Trump 2020 flags they had displayed on their truck and trailer in the driveway.
They told WCCO that they bought the flags a week ago after Molla, a contractor, got into a disagreement with someone at work about his support for President Donald Trump.
But even so, both husband and wife said they were shocked their home had been firebombed over campaign signs.
“It just shocked me,” Molla said. “These kind of stuff should not happen, especially over beliefs of some sort.”
Investigators discovered that one of the Mollas’ security cameras had been blocked just before the explosion rocked the house, WCCO reported.
Footage captured by several other security cameras was taken by law enforcement for the investigation into who started the fire at the suburban Minneapolis home.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are jointly investigating the incident as arson, WCCO reported.
The Minnesota Arson Reward Project is offering $5,000 for information on the case.