San Francisco Dog Walker Fire: Wouldn't It Be Crazy If This One Turned Out NOT To Be A Hate Hoax?
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A black dogwalker’s claims to be the target of racist threats has been a big story in the San Francisco media for some time, but it hasn’t yet gone national. Perhaps the national press actually learned something from its Jussie Smollett humiliation?

Today, a new layer to the story was added:

From CBS News:

Fire in San Francisco’s Alamo Square was at home of man targeted by racist threats


By Juliette Goodrich, Dave Pehling

Updated on: May 21, 2024 / 6:11 PM PDT / CBS San Francisco

A mysterious fire gutted the home of a well-known San Francisco dog walker and resulted in his parents needing to be taken to the hospital.

Terry Williams had recently been in the news when he became the target of racist threats sent in the mail—Police are investigating them as hate crimes.

It is not clear whether that has any connection to Tuesday’s fire, and officials are still looking into what caused flames to break out just after 11:30 a.m. on Grove Street, a block from Alamo Square.

When Terry Williams arrived at his house flames were shooting out of the window. His elderly parents were still inside.

“My dad said, ‘Get your mom,” Williams recalled. ” So, I got to the first floor, and they said, ‘We are getting out; we are getting her out.’”

Williams is a dog walker in the community and owns three dogs who made it out of the burning home.

“My girl dog is my mom’s favorite and was trying to get in the house to get to my mom,” said Williams.

Williams’ parents were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Williams said he was at City Hall when the fire broke out. He said he was trying to call attention to hateful racist attacks directed at him and his family. The most recent incident involved a doll with a noose being delivered to his front door with threatening messages pasted all over the body.

He said his life has been like a roller coaster with the hate crimes.

… Reverand [sic] Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP, has been helping Williams. He showed up to the fire scene today.

“This should be treated as a state of emergency and all hands should be on deck to bring this to a screeching halt,” Brown said.

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