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Police Need Help Tracking Down Arsonist; Looting Becoming Problem
TROY -- Destiny Tubbs, 14, continues smiling, not fully understanding the week her family just went through.
"She's got Down syndrome, she just wants to go home but she doesn't have a home to go to," said her mom, Cheryl, who is now taking care of the family out of their room at a Motel 6.
They've lived there since last Wednesday when a suspected arsonist burned down their apartment complex.
"I woke up and I see smoke so I open my front door and all I saw was smoke and I shut the door," she said.
The fire left six families homeless. The Red Cross put some of them in the Motel 6 until Tuesday. Now they'll have to depend on family and friends. But for Cheryl, it's not just about taking care of Destiny and finding a new place to live. She also has another daughter who is in the hospital now, after flames forced her to jump 25 feet out her window.
"She's having surgery tomorrow. She's still in the burn unit," said Cheryl. "It's scary. I could've lost my daughter. You see what it did to her arms and back. They said when she got to the hospital because of all of the black soot in her lungs, they said that they don't know how she made it."
Not only did the arson force people into the hospital and several families to stay in the Motel 6, but it also caused a looting problem. We spoke with one woman off-camera who says someone came to this burned down complex and took some of her patio furniture.
"It is always a possibility at a fire scene like that," said Troy Police Detective Capt. Chris Anderson. "Obviously, we're concerned not only with the loss of the property but their safety. With that kind of damage to the structure we would hate to see somebody fall through the floor or have the ceiling collapse on them or anything like that."
For Cheryl, she says this is her third fire she's been in. And although she has very little memorabilia left, she is happy everyone made it out alive.
"I have a nervous breakdown every night I just sit and I cry about it all night, but I know I still have to come home and take care of her and find a place to live. It's rough," Cheryl said.
Police need your help finding out who is behind last week's arson in Troy. They released photos from the Speedway gas station next door. The people in these pictures are not suspects, however police do want to speak with them since they were nearby at the time the arson happened. Police hope to have some forensic evidence within a week.
The hospital released on Wednesday one of the three people who jumped out of a window. One person remains in fair condition while another is in serious. If you would like to donate to the victims of the fire you can drop your donation off at any Fifth Third Bank. Mention Fossway Apartment Complex.
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