The fire engulfed the place located in the “Witchcraft District” in Poughkeepsie past 5 a.m., according to a Police Department statement.
Two people who were inside the home managed to escape without injuries, cops said.
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, surveillance video shows a man walking up to 27 South Clinton St. shortly after 5 a.m. carrying two gas cans. He can also be seen splashing liquid on the porch, and then ignite it and flee.
City Councilman Chris Petsas also mourned the loss, by saying, “it was a home that promoted the Church of Satan.” “A lot of devil sculptures and paraphernalia. It was extraordinarily different. It wasn’t your normal home,” according to the outlet.
Isis Vermouth, a Church Of Satan member, went a step forward with a threat coming out of her broken heart, by saying “Everybody’s in shock and everyone in the neighborhood is worried. Whoever did this is going to be hexed by all of us,” told The Poughkeepsie Journal.
“I feel like this was definitely malicious.”
“I just don’t understand why anyone would want to piss off Satanic witches,” Vermouth added. “Cause now there’s going to be hell to pay.”
The house was built in 1900 and was owned by Joe “Netherworld” Mendillo, a high-ranking member who died January last year, as per the outlet.
Peter Gilmore, the church’s high priest, said “It currently seems unlikely that the home could be restored, due to the severe fire damage.”