Family raises reward to find answers in arson investigation

The reward has increased from $5,000 to $10,000 for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

LAKE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- It’s been six months of unanswered questions for a Lake County family after deputies say someone intentially set fire to their home.

The family says someone threw molotov cocktails into the bedroom where their young daughter was sleeping on April 27, 2017.

Right now the family just wants answers.

The reward has increased from $5,000 to $10,000 for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

“My husband and I woke up to the sound of breaking glass and our 5-year-old daughter screaming for us,” the mother told 7&4 News. “Her bedroom floor was on fire and her window was broken.”

According to the family, they have lived in the home for nearly two decades. Now their home is left in ruins and they will need to rebuild.

“My daughter had Mickey Mouse curtains in her bedroom window, someone had to have known it was a child's bedroom,” the mother said.

Toys, drawings and memories are buried beneath the charred insulation and ruble.

“I thought about maybe a week prior, moving her bed to the opposite wall, and if I would have- that bottle would have landed on top over,” the 5-year-old’s mother said.

The Lake County Sheriff's department ruled the case arson after shards of glass from bottles were found around the home.

No one was hurt in the fire.

“Somebody either knows something, seen something, someone has talked, at least give us the closure that their not going to hurt our family or anyone else,” the mother said.

The family thanks the community for their support and donations shortly after the fire to help them get by.

Lake County deputies are still activity investigating the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s department or the ATF at 888-283-8477.

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