Fire investigators are trying to locate an arsonist who ignited the same Gibson Street house twice on Monday, setting fires that destroyed the house and killed a dog and four puppies. The 42-year-old man inside escaped from the home unharmed.
Lt. Garnell M. Smith, commander of the city's Fire Investigation Unit, said 173 Gibson St. was the site of two arsons -- about 19 hours apart.
The first occurred at 2:44 a.m. when the man was sleeping and someone threw an ignited device at the front door of the two-story home, fire officials said.
The man escaped through the front door. Authorities said the firebomb killed the animals and caused extensive damage to the porch, the front of the living room and a bedroom.
At 10:12 p.m., an arsonist ignited the home again, causing a fire that spread from the first floor to the second floor, officials said.
The house is a total loss and an emergency demolition has been ordered.