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Fire set outside Chinese Consulate in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - China is calling for better protection of its diplomats in the U.S. after someone set fire to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco this week.
Surveillance video from Wednesday shows a van drive up to the building. A man walks up to the entrance, pours the contents of two buckets on the door and then sets it on fire.
Hours later the building's doorway is charred, the lobby is damaged and burned toward the roof.
The Federal Bureau of Investigators has ruled out terrorism and says it's the work of an arsonist.
"We take this incident very seriously and the bureau of diplomatic security is working with the FBI and local authorities to investigate and apprehend the perpetrators," said an FBI agent.
Investigators say no bomb-making materials or traces of an explosion were found.
No one was injured.
San Francisco police have stepped up patrols as the investigation continues.