Detectives are investigating a suspicious blaze that gutted the home of a New York suburb's only black firefighter — two days after he received a threatening and racist letter in his mailbox.
Kenneth Walker, 28, his wife Amanda and their two kids were not at their North Tonawanda apartment on Wednesday when the fire broke out, local police said, NBC News reported.
"FBI has received a copy of the note left at Mr. Walker's residence and we were notified of the fire that occurred there," FBI spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey said in a statement.
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U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said his office has also joined the investigation.
"The public should know that we take all such incidents extremely seriously," Hochul said in a statement Wednesday.