Jan 2, 2014 10:33 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Arson suspected at San Francisco Chinese Consulate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators are on the scene following a suspected arson overnight at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

The consulate says in a statement a person came out of a minivan parked late Wednesday night in front of the consulate's main entrance and splashed two buckets of gasoline onto the front door before setting it on fire.

It was unclear how the consulate knows this, whether there was video surveillance footage or witnesses. Firefighters brought the flames under control minutes later. No injuries were reported.

The consulate calls the incident "a sabotage of a vile nature" and says China had urged U.S. authorities to launch an immediate investigation. San Francisco police and fire are working with the FBI on the case.

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