Woman seeks help to rebuild after low-income housing torched - KCTV5

Woman seeks help to rebuild after low-income housing torched

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A woman trying to do good in a neighborhood was devastated when two of the homes she was building to help others were purposely set on fire. A woman trying to do good in a neighborhood was devastated when two of the homes she was building to help others were purposely set on fire.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A woman trying to do good in a neighborhood was devastated when two of the homes she was building to help others were purposely set on fire.

The low-income homes were set ablaze on June 13 in the Blue Hills neighborhood and caused a setback to the community's efforts to revitalize the 55th Street Corridor.

Separate arson fires in two of the three homes Linda Brown was building caused more than $25,000 worth of damage.

"What happened within our community is a tragedy. Spirits are broken and hope stolen. This is about community. We will rally back with a powerful force of unity; to come together in hearts, in minds, in building, so that we can restore not only the look, but the hope and love that this project is about," Brown said.

Fire investigators are still searching for who set the fires, but Brown refuses to let this derail her project in the Blue Hills neighborhood.

"Our community is worth saving, and we don't let tragedies stop us from doing what we are here to do," Brown said.

Brown and her husband own the daycare on the corner and were hoping to rebuild the homes for families of children at her daycare.

The couple has invested nearly $20,000 of her own money in the new construction.

"Sometimes, I think people think that they can hurt the vision, but the vision is here. So there is nothing they can do. We are not going to benefit from tragedy, we are going to benefit from the goodness it can do for our community," Brown said.

Of the two homes set on fire, one house was nearly done, new deck and all. Still, the builders will go back to work.

"We look at this as just a stumble, and we draw strength from each other," builder Spark Bookhart said.

The Browns say the project will continue. They are just hoping for help from the community.

If you'd like to help them raise $20,000 to get the project back on track, click here. You can also make a donation at Liberty Bank.

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