Incident Summary:

02/22/2011: An arson attack occurred at 4:00 a.m. targeting a townhouse under construction in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. At the time of the arson, area residents received a letter claiming responsibility for the attack, demanding a return to low-income housing in the area, and indicating that additional attacks will take place. The letter was signed "The Old Neighbors."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Grand Rapids

Location Details:
914 Blodgett St. SE, East Hills neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not applicable
Specific Description Townhome
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Accelerant was used
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Reens, Nate. "Arson dog working East Hills "urban terrorism" fire scene in Grand Rapids,", March 1, 2011.
Reens, Nate. "Solving East Hills arson and threats is extremely important, Grand Rapids police chief says,", March 2, 2011.