The motive behind a suspected arson fire early Wednesday in Brooklyn Center may be political, according to a release from the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
According to a release, the garage and three vehicles at a residence on the 6900 block of N. Morgan Ave. were destroyed in a fire that erupted following a reported explosion just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.
The has been deemed suspicious and the investigation is "extremely active," police said, noting that the family had a "fairly large" "Trump 2020" sign and prior to the garage burning down officers documented fresh spray paint on its exterior with "Biden 2020," "BLM" and the anarchy symbol, though the combination has confused some on social media as it suggests a supporter of anarchy would back a specific candidate in governmental elections.
According to a GoFundMe that has been launched to support the family, the homeowner is a "vocal supporter" of President Trump and recently put a Trump 2020 flag on his truck.
In addition to losing two vehicles and a family camper, the homeowner also lost thousands of dollars in tools that were in the detached garage, according to the GoFundMe.
Fortunately, no one was injured and first responders were able to save three dogs and five puppies from the nearby house, which sustained minor damage from the fire.
Brooklyn Center PD says the Minnesota Arson Reward Project offers up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the identification of persons responsible for the fire. The number to report such information is 1-800-723-2020.
Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.