The popular rapper owns a North Oakland clothing store called Dope Era, which has been a staple of the local community and has even earned F.A.B. honors from City Council and the Mayor.
Early yesterday morning (April 20), a neighboring business called F.A.B.’s sister around 2:30 AM to report the store had gone up in flames.
When firefighters arrived, the blaze had been put out.
But the San Francisco Gate reports that firefighters smelled a strong odor of gasoline area, and eventually found a discarded gas can near the fire scene.
Mistah F.A.B. blasted the coward who set his store on fire since there are 11 children who live in the apartments above Dope Era.
“I really didn’t even care too much about the shop, it was, ‘Is the children upstairs OK? Did the smoke get in their room?’” Mistah F.A.B told the San Francisco Gate. “If a person had a dispute with me, don’t take your anger out on the shop and risk the lives of kids.”
Mistah F.A.B.’s sister could not think of any enemies that would have the motivation to commit such a brazen act.
But she pointed to racially motivated hate as a possible reason for the crime.
“We don’t know who did it or what was their motivation to burn the store down. Maybe somebody doesn’t want an African-American from the hood to do well here,” Mistah F.A.B.’s sister said.
According to Mistah F.A.B, the damage to the store will cost about $5,000.