A house fire on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, in northern Minnesota, during the early morning hours of Friday, April 30 resulted from an explosion to a vehicle that was set on fire and the family is left displaced. Eight people were sleeping in the home, including a pregnant woman and four children, when someone inside heard a car alarm going off. Everyone safely escaped the fire, but the perpetrators are at-large and considered a danger to the tribal community.
Threats of violence including arson to the home where the person lived have been previously reported to police. This is the first arson.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed in email to Native News Online that an arson on Friday, April 30 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation has not been reported to the agency as of press time. The ATF didn't immediately respond for comment. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office informed Native News Online in a phone call that they are assisting the ATF with the investigation.