For those who have not heard, last Wednesday saw a low moment in Manhattan Beach when the entrance of a family’s home was intentionally set on fire. Ronald Clinton awoke around 2:15 a.m. on February 4 to his dog barking, smoke alarm sounding, and house filling with smoke before there was a loud explosion. He was able to get his children and dog to safety, but they would later realize that a tire doused in accelerant had been thrown at their front door and ignited, leaving them with $200,000 in damage and doubts about feeling safe in their own home.
While nothing will ever undo this awful act, there was a silver lining in the reaction from the community last Friday when 700 people gathered for the most amazing candlelight vigil in support of the Clintons. The message to the arsonist was communicated perfectly by Councilwoman Amy Howorth: “We will not allow this in our city. This massive turnout proves that people here want no part of this. We want (the suspect) to know this is not acceptable.”
We are Ron and Malissia’s real estate agents and represented them when they bought their home. We are fortunate to call them friends. They are a lovely, successful family of five, and we are sick that such a horrific incident could happen. We urge anyone with information to contact the police or fire department immediately. Please consider contributing to the reward fund. Per the Clintons’ wishes, any unused portion of the money raised will go to the Manhattan Beach Education Fund to promote and celebrate diversity.