Man says gang member intentionally set his truck on fire

Residue and burn marks line a pickup truck on Chestnut Street early Wednesday morning.
Residue and burn marks line a pickup truck on Chestnut Street early Wednesday morning.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man told NewsChannel 15 a gang member and his friend intentionally set his pickup truck on fire.

Twice.

The man did not want to be identified and declined to give an on-camera interview for fear of antagonizing those behind the fire.

Firefighters were first called to the 2600 block of Chestnut Street around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Fire crews returned to the same area around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The owner of the truck said his 16-year-old daughter has been hanging out with an older teenager he said is a gang member. The man does not want his daughter hanging out with him and believes the teen and his friend are trying to get back at him.

The man said on both occasions they stuffed a towel in the gas tank of his truck, closed the cap, and lit the towel on fire. Neither fire caused extensive damage to the truck, but noticeable burn marks and residue could be seen around the gas tank opening.

The man said he and his family have lived in Fort Wayne for about a month and is considering a move back to California to keep his family safe.

An arson investigator made the scene early Wednesday morning to talk with the man and gather any possible evidence.

Fire officials have not commented on the incidents.

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