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Jan 2, 2014 2:33 PM by Associated Press

Fire damages San Francisco Chinese Consulate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco firefighters, police and the FBI are investigating an arson fire in the Chinese Consulate.

City fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said flames were brought under control in minutes after firefighters and police arrived at the scene at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Talmadge said the building's exterior and the lobby area suffered some damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Chinese Consulate said in a notice on its website that a person came out of a van parked outside the compound Wednesday night with two buckets of gasoline, poured the fuel on the front of the building and set it on fire.

The consulate's notice, which was in Chinese, did not identify the individual or say how the consulate knew what had caused the fire.

The consulate notice said China urged U.S. authorities to launch an immediate investigation.

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