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Arson investigation underway in Frayser

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- "He verbally told it to my granddaughter that this is something that meant something to us so he would burn it down," said Joyce Williams.

Buried underneath the ash and soaked debris lies memories, that Williams says someone tried to snatch away.

"That’s what we have to remember her by that is why we kept it," added Williams

"We’ve kept it up to keep her memory," said Williams.

Williams believes in a passionate rage her younger daughter’s ex-boyfriend tried to burn down this home.

She says the ex-boyfriend knew the walls of the home held the families most prized possession…every corner and every room reminding them of Williams’ older daughter who passed away just 3 years ago.

"We weren’t in it, we came running down here to save it," recalls Williams.

The family desperately tried to save the home before firefighters arrived just after 2:30 on Thursday morning.

Trying to extinguish the flames, trying to keep the hole in the back of the home from carving a deeper hole in their heart.

"I want him caught and I want him put away for what he has done to us," added Williams.

Williams says the threats started on her cell phone she believes those words escalated towards action, now she thinks it’s all gone too far.

"Saying he’s going to kill us," added Williams.

As the sun rose on the damage, the family vowed not to let the settled smoke put a damper on Christmas instead they are pleading for peace.

"Leave us alone," said Williams.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on this fire to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at (800) 762-3017.