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Couple runs for lives after Molotov cocktails tossed in wrong house

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The fire at 1030 Rowland, near the intersection of North 10th Street and Quindaro Boulevard, started just after 8:30 p.m. Monday. The fire at 1030 Rowland, near the intersection of North 10th Street and Quindaro Boulevard, started just after 8:30 p.m. Monday.
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A couple escaped their burning home with only the clothes on their back after they believe someone tossed Molotov cocktails inside their home intended for a nearby house.

The couple says there have been issues with other homes on the block including drugs and fights. One home in particular has been the scene of suspicious activity. They believe their home was hit by mistake.

"I know it wasn't meant for us," Terry Jackson said.

He and his wife, Linda, were at their home at 1030 Rowland about 8:30 p.m. Monday night. Linda Jackson was watching TV when she was startled by the sound of breaking glass.

"Boom," Linda Jackson said. "And all of sudden fire just started shooting all the way in there."

She saw objects rolling on the floor, and yelled to her husband "Fire!"

He said he ran downstairs and saw the second one come crashing through.

"It was two of them. They threw two bottles, not one," he said.

In disbelief, he ran to get his wife out of harm's way. He then ran to the kitchen and grabbed water. That just ignited further gasoline in the home-made bombs and made matters worse.

Molotov cocktails are usually made out of a breakable container filled with flammable liquid that is ignited and thrown.

The couple fled from their burning home as neighbors also tried vainly to put the fire out. Paramedics checked them out at the scene, and both are doing OK.

Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the fire.

"I know it wasn't meant for us," Terry Jackson said. "There's always been trouble on the block. I can't sugar coat it."

The home is near the intersection of North 10th Street and Quindaro Boulevard.

By the time firefighters arrived, flames had already moved into the attic and were shooting through windows.

The flames were so intense at one point that firefighters had to enter defense mode because they feared the building would collapse.

It took firefighters about 50 minutes to get the fire under control.  The fire caused about $80,000 worth of damage, and the home is a total loss.

The street department salted the street because ice was building up from all of the water used to put out the flames.

The couple had homeowners insurance. They do not want to rebuild in the neighborhood because of the crime issues.

KCTV5's DeAnn Smith, Dave Eckert and Andy Sherer contributed to this report.

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