BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The fire that could have killed the woman sleeping inside clearly left its mark on the home.
Another mark is just as clear. The mysterious words “now we even” are spray-painted across the front of the home.
Neighbors are almost speechless when they try to understand why a person would do such a thing.
“Why would you try to hurt somebody else,” Johnny Carr asked.
Carr lives directly across the street from where the fire happened. The fire was so hot, it melted the siding off the front of Carr’s house.
“They were putting water on my house and over there to keep mine from catching on fire,” Carr said.
Fire investigators are working closely with police to determine the cause of the fire and who wrote those words. Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis said they are approaching this investigation as an arson unless they can prove it wasn’t.
Meanwhile, the Brazziel family — a single mother with three children — has lost everything. The oldest child, Emanuel, is a senior at John Carroll Catholic High School.
“When a family loses everything, it takes time to understand just what that full loss is,” Principal Charlie McGrath.
McGrath sent an email to parents of John Carroll students letting them know about the Brazziel family’s need and explaining how they can help.
“We’re using Catholic Social Services as a drop-off location for items families, parents or others in the community want to drop off,” McGrath said.
Catholic Social Services has already pulled some donated furniture aside for the Brazziel family. The family will need much more help going forward.
***TO DONATE TO THE BRAZZIEL FAMILY, CALL CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES AT 205-969-8947, OR DONATE TO THE BRAZZIEL FAMILY FUND AT WELLS FARGO BANK. YOU CAN ALSO DROP OFF DONATIONS AT CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES, 92 OXMOOR ROAD, BIRMINGHAM, AL.***