Marie Nuzzi awoke to a surprise to see a charred flagpole outside her Citrus Heights, California home.
“If it had burned longer it would have caught the house on fire,” Nuzzi said. “Somebody’s lives, for what?”
The fire was set at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning and burnt out before reaching the house where Nuzzi and three other family members were sleeping inside.
“It was a nylon flag, so it’s just all this black soot is just on the concrete,” Nuzzi said.
Arsonists struck other homes in her area and there was a common thread: the American flag.
Another home on her street was displaying smaller American flags on the front lawn. Arsonists lit some of the trees in that yard on fire along with two other American flags.
Maria told CBS that she won’t put up another American flag outside her home to be safe for now.
Citrus Heights is a suburb that sits outside of Sacramento.
The police are investigating the arson but do not yet have a motive, according to the story.
They are seeking surveillance footage from the area to identify the suspects.