NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter who received a racist letter in his mailbox tells 2 On Your Side his home on Oliver Street was on fire Wednesday morning.
Kenneth Walker says his family is safe and he was not home at the time of the fire. It is not clear how the fire started.
Officials say two cats perished in the fire.
North Tonawanda Fire Department Chief Joseph Sikora said at this point, they are working on finishing up an investigation into the fire.
When 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing asked if he thought the cause of the fire looks to be suspicious, Sikora said: "I have no idea."
The family say they have lost everything.
North Tonawanda residents were asking for ways they could help at the scene of the fire.
"I'm just shocked," said Kathy Carr, a North Tonawanda business owner. "The people in North Tonawanda would never do something like this so I'll find this interesting to see who the suspect is. I hope they prosecute to the full extent of the law."
Walker says in terms of his reaction to the situation, he will do what's best for his family.
The Red Cross in Buffalo is assisting everyone living in the building.
On Tuesday, 2 On Your Side was first to report that Walker was sent a racist and threatening letter that included the n-word.
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Kenneth Walker, 28, showed the letter to Two On Your Side's Claudine Ewing. It says, "N-word are not allowed to be firefighters" and "no one wants you in this city."
Walker has reported the incident to his supervisor and the North Tonawanda police department.
The letter pressures Walker, 28, to resign from his position based on his race "or you will regret it."
The FBI is now looking into the case.
The Gratwick Hose Fire Company is holding a donation drive that will benefit Walker and his family. The family lost everything in the fire. It will be Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 10am-2pm at the Gratwick Hose Fire Company at 110 Ward Road in North Tonawanda.
The family is in need of furniture, household items, clothing, toiletries, food and toys for their two children.
Here are clothing sizes for the family.
- Kenneth (Dad)- Size 34-36 pants, large tops
- Amanda (Mom)- Size 30-32 pants, 5X tops
- Harmoni (4-year-old girl) size 6X clothing
- Chloe (5-month old girl)- 9-12 month clothing.. size 3-4 diapers.