One killed, three critically injured in fire bombing at Detroit home

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A man who recently beat lung cancer has been killed in a fire bombing at a home on Detroit's east side.

Police say somebody threw a molotov cocktail through the living room window at a home in the 11,000-block of Kenmoor St. around 6:00a.m. Sunday.

"This here is a bruise," said Maurice Johnson, pointing to his back. Johnson was sleeping on a living room couch when he was struck by the molotov cocktail. "The couch was on fire, I just ran toward the back and saved my mama and sister."

Family members identified the victim as Robert "Carl" Inman. Five other people were taken to nearby hospitals; three of them were in critical condition. Nine adults, mostly family members, were staying in the house.

Inman, who was dating one of the family members, was described by many as a kind man. "He was a real nice guy," said Jaquette West, who escaped the fire after being rescued by firefighters from a second story balcony. "He just beat lung cancer."

Investigators believe several family members have special needs conditions.

Witnesses say they saw a black Chevy Malibu pull up shortly before the bombing. They say someone got out of the car and then threw the fire bomb at the home.

A $5,000 reward has been posted for information leading to an arrest. Detroit homicide investigators are now in charge of the case.

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