By Steve Large

CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — Police are investigating a string of arsons, targeting Citrus Heights homes with American flags on display.

At least four homes were targeted in the Sungarden neighborhood early Saturday morning. So far, police say they don’t know the motive.

A charred pole is all that’s left of the American Flag that had been flying outside Marie Nuzzi’s 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.

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“It was a nylon flag, so it’s just all this black soot is just on the concrete,” Nuzzi said.

Arsonists also set the trees on fire outside another home on Nuzzi’s street where smaller American flags are on display around the front lawn. At least two other American flags were also set on fire.

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Michael Howard has lived here for a decade. He was busy cleaning up some of the ashes left from the fires.

“This is the first time anything’s happened,” Howard said. “Gut reaction? Is it somebody with an agenda?”

Citrus Heights police are investigating the arsons and so far don’t know the motive, or whether the fires were set intentionally as part of the George Floyd worldwide movement.

“I really don’t want to think like that, I really don’t,” Nuzzi said. “I just think it was kind of a random thing.”

For now, the fires have scared Marie Nuzzi enough she won’t put another flag up at her home.

“It’s not worth it for me to put my family through it,” Nuzzi said.

Overnight fires set at homes with American flags on display.

“There’s just no respect there,” Nuzzi said.

In Citrus Heights it’s a stars and stripes serial arson investigation.

Police are asking for the public’s help looking at surveillance cameras and ring doorbell video from Saturday at around 3 a.m. to help them try to identify the suspects.

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Comments (63)
  1. Tennishu says:

    Flag Day before: Patriotic after: Racists

    1. Walt P says:

      These groups are Communist or Communist sympathizers. All have been working for decades to overthrow American Democracy and the Constitution.
      ACLJ, NAACP, SPLC, most DEMOCRATS, LGBTQ, of course ANTIFA is a Fascist group hiDing under a anti fascist label. Black Lives Matter,, Occupy Wall Street, most of Hollywood, and Most Universities.
      These groups and others funded by George Soros and billionaire homosexuals are trying to destroy America.

      1. MoeLarryAndJesus says:

        Walt P sounds like one of the most extreme and ignorant Trumpstains on the planet.

  2. alpha1six says:

    Sounds like terrorist attacks to me.

    1. John Dendy says:

      Bring it on, punks. I am heavily armed and Trained to shoot by the Marines.

  3. Maxwell P. Dugan says:

    Boys, it’s time to keep your guns loaded and close by. Like Sheriff Grady Judd from Polk County Florida, said, “If these criminals try to break in into your homes to steal or set your home on fire blow them out the door with your guns”.

  4. Intelligent says:

    Shoot on sight. Won’t happen again.

  5. unclesmrgol says:

    So much for D-Day celebrations this year.

  6. LinBSN says:

    It’s time a referendum goes on the ballot nationwide protecting the American flag. This isn’t free speech, it’s arson!

  7. The1GuyPayingAttention says:

    2017 was three years ago. A bit weird to omit that detail, no?

  8. Pusala says:

    Sounds like a hate crime to me. Protest all you want but protesters don’t have the right to destroy other people’s property. Every single rioter needs to be held accountable for their actions.

  9. Todd Stewart says:

    Arson of an occupied dwelling is legal justification for use of deadly force. /end

  10. matismf says:

    The way of the tribe. Now if they had been flying Mexican flags, or Red Chinese flags, or Soviet flags, they would not have been touched!!!

  11. Vernon Harrison says:

    Wrong headline, should be: “Leftist Extremists targeting homes with American Flags with Arson”

  12. verneoz says:

    You cowards had better make sure your life insurance premiums are paid up before coming onto my property to pillage & burn. Locked & loaded as authorized by the Second Amendment.

  13. My flag and pole in a fenced front yard with 2 very large dogs. Come on…I dare ya…

  14. lunatk999 says:

    extra points if you can shoot the arsonist so they set themselves on fire.

  15. DomCo Direct says:

    It’s California what do you expect? Vote for radical left wing terrorists and you get radical left wing terrrorism. Sacramento needs a magnitude 20 earthquake.

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