CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The FOX 8 I TEAM has obtained video from a weekend firebombing at a home, and we’ve discovered that neighborhood is filled with a growing number of residents protecting themselves with home security video systems.
The incident happened on West 90th near Almira in Cleveland. Just on that block, about a half-dozen homeowners have exterior video systems, and more are planning to add them.
Ron Graham has 18 cameras around his property. He told the I TEAM, “If I see something suspicious here, I text the neighbor down the street, and I say, ‘check out your camera’, and so whenever they go out of my view, she begins to pick them up.”
In the latest incident, muitiple home cameras recorded a van creeping along. Then two guys ran out toward a home, and then moments later the sky lit up. The men ran back to the van, and it took off.
A resident across the street captured some of it with the eight cameras he has installed.
The neighborhood cameras have helped bust burglars and people illegally dumping. As one resident put it, “It’s gotten better, but there’s still idiots out there that think they’re bulletproof.”
We stopped by the scene of the firebombing. No answer there. However, a resident posted on Facebook no one was hurt, and he’s hoping the images on the cameras help get justice.
Folks in the neighborhood say they’ve turned their video over to the Cleveland Police and the Fire Department’s Arson Unit.
Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray says firefighters collected evidence of what was used to start the fire and the arson unit is investigating.