HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A message regarding President-elect Donald Trump was scrawled on a home just moments before the home next-door was set on fire in what appears to be an attempt to incite tensions following the 2016 presidential election.
Hillsborough County Fire-Rescue crews got a call about a fire around 1:20 a.m., officials said.
When they arrived at the home on Bryan Road in the Mango area, it was on fire.
Someone spray-painted the words “F@#& Trump. Burn Everything” on the home. An arrow pointed to the home next-door, which was set on fire.
The letters BLM were also painted on the home, which likely stand for the group Black Lives Matter.
“I was just truly broken – heartbroken,” neighbor Anna Foster said. “I feel like this is not gonna be a good four years. We’re gonna have a civil war if this keeps on. Just nonsense.”
The fire was put out quickly and there was no visible damage on the outside.
No one was hurt; it’s believed both homes are vacant.
A fire marshal was on scene taking pictures of the homes and conducting an investigation.
“You can’t live around this,” Foster said. “It’s very scary. We need authority. We need control.”