A home decor store can sell you a house that’s in the middle of a fire
By Kate Koester and Marissa Mays-WilliamsIn the fall of 2020, the fire in the home of a young family in West Orange, New Jersey, was the first to hit the family since a family moved to the house from a rural area in the late 1970s.
After the fire, the family moved back to the rural areas of their old neighborhood.
The fire destroyed nearly 20,000 square feet of the family’s home and the family lived in temporary housing until the city offered a $15,000 offer to rebuild.
In January 2021, a man named John Smith arrived at the home and began searching for his wife and four children.
He had lived in the family home for eight years, and he was a member of the local church.
The two men started searching the house for the children.
Smith went to the front door, where he saw that the children had been placed inside their father’s basement bedroom.
“The kids were still in bed, and they were crying,” Smith said.
He told the family that he had to go back inside the house to find the children and found the children asleep.
Smith and his wife called 911.
After arriving at the house, Smith saw that a man had broken in through the front window, where they were sleeping.
Smith grabbed his gun and went into the basement.
When Smith returned to the kitchen, he found the bodies of his two children lying on the floor.
He ran into the house and found his wife dead on the kitchen floor.
“I didn’t know what to do, so I put the gun on the stove,” Smith told ABC News.
“That’s when I saw the bodies.”
Smith said he was able to escape the house alive because he grabbed a knife and a flashlight.
He then returned to his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where police found the body of his wife, a neighbor, and a man at the local airport who also lived in a home on the property.
The police then identified the man as Robert J. Johnson, a former West Palm beach resident and employee of the company where Smith worked.
“We all were shocked by this.
We all were very, very emotional,” Smith’s wife, Karen, told ABC.
“It was so horrible.
We were just in disbelief.
We couldn’t believe it.”
In January 2022, the body was identified as Jessica Smith.
According to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office, Johnson had been a licensed firearms dealer for more than 20 years and had been killed in the line of duty.
The coroner’s office said that Johnson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
The family has set up a fund to help the family.
“They are going through a lot of pain,” Karen Smith told Fox News.
Smith’s family told ABC that they don’t know if they will ever see their home again.
“This is the hardest part.
We just want to know that we are going to be OK, that we’re going to have a safe place, and that we will be able to rebuild our lives,” Karen said.
“When we look at our house and we see what happened, and we know that someone had to do something, we just want the world to know how much we care about the Smith family and that it doesn’t matter what happens to us.”
In the aftermath of the fire and the investigation, Johnson was charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison.
“He’s a good man.
He’s a decent man,” Karen told ABC, “But I don’t believe that this person did anything to his family, and I don´t believe that he did something to them.”
Johnson’s family was awarded $50,000 in damages and a $10,000 reward.
After receiving the reward, the Smiths hired a lawyer and went to trial.
They argued that Johnson had no right to own guns.
“Our case was never about the gun,” Smith Sr. told ABC at the time.
“If the Smith brothers have a gun, they can do whatever they want with it.”
A judge agreed with the Smith Sr.’s claim and threw out the conviction.
In December 2020, a jury in Florida acquitted Johnson of second-degree murder, but convicted him of manslaughter and sentenced him to life behind bars.
The case has been referred to the state Supreme Court.
The Smiths filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit against Johnson, his former employer, the Florida Department of Corrections, the state Department of Law Enforcement, and the police department.
The lawsuit alleges that Johnson was “entitled to immunity and the right to use the police to enforce his orders, even if he had no intent to kill the Smith children.”
In October 2021, Johnson appealed his conviction, but the Florida Supreme Court denied his appeal.
“As soon as the jury reached their verdict, they made the determination that they didn’t have any evidence to support the prosecution’s case,” said