The home targeted is owned by Art Van Furniture president Gary Van Elslander and his wife, Janet. (Photo courtesy: Art Van Furniture)
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (Detroit Free Press)--A 20-year-old Grosse Pointe Park resident is in police custody, suspected of throwing a firebomb into the home of the president of Art Van Furniture.
The incident took place at 3:30 a.m. today at the home of Art Van president Gary Van Elslander the son of the furniture store chain's founder, Art Van Elslander, company spokeswoman Diane Charles said.
Members of the Art Van Furniture were unhurt after the firebomb hit their waterfront home on Whittier, said Charles.
"The bottom line is he's fine, everything's fine; it's a freak thing that happened," Charles said. "
Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department Director David Hiller said in a release issued at 11:30 today that a Molotov cocktail-type bottle of flammable liquid was thrown into a window of the home's kitchen.
A family member woke up around 3:23 a.m. after hearing an alarm and extinguished the blaze before fire crews arrived, Hiller said. He would not provide additional details.
Hiller said officers found the suspect as they searched the area. He's being held as the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office reviews the case.
The 6,800-square-foot home with six bedrooms and bathrooms, built in 1933 along the Detroit River near Jefferson and Cadieux, is valued at $1.716 million, according to Zillow.com.