BREMERTON, Wash. - Lanette Duchesneau woke up Saturday night to flames in her front yard. When she rushed outside she saw her prized Native American totem was going up in flames and it was dangerously close to her home.
Duchesneau said two young women driving by jumped of their car with a fire extinguisher and helped her put it out before it spread to her porch and home.
But the totem, a memorial to her brother who passed away of a blood disease in 2000, had been seriously damaged.
"Why? If I ever get the chance to ask whoever did this, I just want to know why?" she said.
Duchesneau, who runs a charity for disadvantaged teens, said all she does is try to help people. She cannot understand why someone would want to harm her memorial to her brother, on Memorial Day.
Police told her it was a serious crime because whoever dowsed the statue in accelerant, also got it on the porch and house and may have been trying to do something much more sinister than burning down a statue.
The carver of the statue is expected to visit this week to see if it can be salvaged and repaired.
Duchesneau said she is also hoping to find the two young women who helped her fight the fire, she never got a chance to thank them.