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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chinese Consulate Set on Fire in New Year's Day Attack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 7:54 AM

click to enlarge A charred door from the burned consulate - SCREEN-GRAB VIA NBC NEWS
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  • A charred door from the burned consulate

Authorities are investigating an arson incident last night where an unknown person doused the Chinese Consulate with gasoline and set fire to the San Francisco building.

Police said the incident happened just before 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Day. A person in a minivan parked in front of the main entrance of the consulate, located at 1450 Laguna Street, hopped out of the car and poured two buckets of gasoline on the front door of the consulate. The attacker then lit the door on fire, causing severe damage, according to the consulate.

Nobody was injured, however, a consulate spokesperson says they're treating this as a clear threat.

The consulate released the following statement on its website this morning:

The arson attack is a violent crime targeted at the Chinese consular institution in the United States, causing severe damage to the consulate facilities and posing a threat to the safety of the consulate staff and the residents living nearby. We strongly condemn this despicable act and have already made representations with the US side on the attack. We urge the US side to take all necessary measures to provide adequate protection for Chinese consular personnel and properties, and bring the culprit(s) to justice as soon as possible.

Security around the building has been increased while FBI agents and firefighters investigate.


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