The home of a biracial couple in Council Bluffs, Iowa was reportedly set on fire on Tuesday afternoon.
The blaze may be a "hate crime" because of the racial slurs that were found spray-painted on the walls (video below).
“I’m very angry, I’m just fortunate that my kids were in school and that we weren’t home. They wrote the ‘N-word’ all over my walls. This is against me, I guess, and it’s a hate crime,” Shelly Owens told KETV.
Owens, who is white, lived in the home with her black fiancee and the couple's biracial kids, who were at school when the house went up in flames.
“We very rarely have anything that I can remember for quite a while that I would say is related to a hate crime over here,” said Council Bluffs police Sgt. David Dawson.
Police and firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.