EXCLUSIVE: Dramatic video shows arsonist targeting family-run Dimensional Outlet Furniture store in Oakland
In a video shared by the Nguyen family, you can see someone entering the Dimensional Outlet Furniture store around 2 p.m. on May 15. The family says someone poured accelerant on furniture and set it on fire.
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A family member told ABC7 News the following:
“My first reaction was just shock and then the only lingering question was why? Why were we targeted? I think it was just disbelief that something like this could happen. My family was so worried because my cousin, who is pregnant, also took action and was pulling furniture away from the fire and carrying 5 pound jugs of water through the store to put out the fire. feel lucky no one was hurt, but I don’t know if we fully dealt with everything that happened either.”
David Nguyen was inside the store when it happened. He quickly sprang into action to save his family’s store. He said he called 911 but was put on hold for 10 minutes. During this time he found two fire extinguishers and put out the fire. He says if he had waited for the firefighters, the damage could have been catastrophic to the business and the building.
“I thought it was crazy that he had to wait that long,” Nguyen’s girlfriend, Naomi Yoshino, told ABC7 News. “As you saw in the video, he’s running around, panicking, trying to put out the fire himself. And the moment the firefighters arrived, they were like, ‘Well, you’ve done our job. for us.””
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Despite everything, the thick smoke that enveloped the store damaged almost everything.
“Everything was smoke damaged, unfortunately,” Nguyen said. “Like all furniture is basically smoke debris.”
Oakland Police are investigating and are asking anyone with information to contact the Oakland Police General Crimes Unit at (510) 238-3327 or the Arson Investigation Unit at (510 ) 238-4031.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family.
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