Raleigh family escapes fire, police search for arsonist - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Raleigh family escapes fire, police search for arsonist

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis police are searching for an arsonist after a car and house burned in Raleigh Monday morning.

Now charred and melted, an SUV caught fire under the carport at a home in the 4200 block of Lansdowne Drive just after 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Police said before the fire, they were called to same home several times on a domestic disturbance.

The woman who lives there with her children called police several times Sunday evening around 11 and reported another woman was banging on her door demanding that her boyfriend come outside.

The victim claimed the woman had been harassing her. Police confirmed that a warrant was previously issued for 27-year-old Jessica Jones for harassment.

Investigators took a report, left, and returned to the house less than 5 hours later to find the victim's SUV engulfed in flames.

Leonard Burt lives in the area and drove by the home Monday to get a look at the damages. He says he and others in this Raleigh community have recently been working to keep it safe for families.

Police officers who arrived on the scene heard the family screaming and yelling from inside the house and helped fire fighters pull everyone to safety.

Investigators believe gasoline was used to set the SUV on fire.

Three adults and three children burned out of their home over an apparent love triangle. The family is now getting help from the Red Cross as police search for an arsonist

"We felt sorry for the family in a tragedy like this you know in the cold and always in a tragedy like this the children are always the victims," said Burt.

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