Officer's home destroyed by arson

Lynwood Police Officer Kelly Johnson's home in Dyer, Ind., which was destroyed by an arson five days before <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="12014001" title="Christmas" href="/topic/religion-belief/christmas-12014001.topic">Christmas</a>, remains boarded up Tuesday. Johnson's three children managed to escape the fire with minor burns, but everything else inside was destroyed or killed, including several pets and all the Christmas gifts. Three days later, a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with setting fire to the home, allegedly because he didn't like police and knew a police officer lived there. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100232000000" title="Lake County (Indiana)" href="/topic/us/indiana/lake-county-%28indiana%29-PLGEO100100232000000.topic">Lake County</a>, Indiana, police say a fund has been set up to help Johnson's family.
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( Chicago Tribune photo by John Smierciak / January 6, 2009 )

Lynwood Police Officer Kelly Johnson's home in Dyer, Ind., which was destroyed by an arson five days before Christmas, remains boarded up Tuesday. Johnson's three children managed to escape the fire with minor burns, but everything else inside was destroyed or killed, including several pets and all the Christmas gifts. Three days later, a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with setting fire to the home, allegedly because he didn't like police and knew a police officer lived there. Lake County, Indiana, police say a fund has been set up to help Johnson's family.

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