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Louisville, KY (WDRB News) -- At least two cars go up in flames and others were damaged after arson investigators say a man threw a fire bomb into an empty car. Authorities say the act was in relation to a domestic dispute, and led to a chain reaction of fiery events.
People in the Shelby Park neighborhood say the early morning turn of events was like "something out of a movie."
"I heard this big loud boom," said Anna Hinton. She woke up to find a car on fire in front of her house.
"I looked out and saw this young ladies car on fire, and then I looked down at the other end and I see another car."
A man who wanted to be referred to only as Kenneth has lived in the neighborhood over 30 years, and watched the entire event unfold from his second floor window. He says a man in a Chevy Tahoe started the fiery debacle at a PT Cruiser on the corner of Shelby Parkway and Jackson Street.
"I saw him get out and grab a big giant boulder down the street, and he goes around the block again and I hear a big crash of glass." Authorities say the suspect knew the owner of the PT Cruiser, and it was some kind of domestic dispute. Kenneth says he never expected what he saw next.
"He pulls right up next to the PT Cruiser and lights a Molotov cocktail which causes a huge flame, and throws it inside the PT Cruiser."
Arson investigators say the targeted attack then went very wrong. After throwing the gasoline concoction into the car, the suspect himself caught fire as did the interior of his car. It was at that point witnesses say he panicked and hit the gas, sending his car into one car, and then another.
Neighbors say the suspect then pushed the line of cars up over the curb and into the side of a house, which then caught on fire.
"I heard a big boom hit the house," said Jamie Carwile. Her first reaction was to get her, her 3-year-old daughter, and the rest of her family far away from the house. The home was damaged, but luckily everyone inside was not injured.
"My aunt's boyfriend went into the basement and got the water hose and stretched it out here as far as we could just to spray the house to keep the house from getting hot."
After a long day, and a huge mess, consensus along this city block is that they hope the suspect is caught and brought to justice.
Arson investigators say the suspect was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns, but fled shortly after. Authorities are actively searching for the suspect. They have not released his name at this time.