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Man Splashed With Gasoline Before Someone Attempted to Set His House on Fire

An El Monte resident was able to shut the door and extinguish the fire, which only caused partial damage.

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A resident of El Monte was in shock after answering a knock on his door and being doused with gasoline, by a stranger who then tried to set the victim's house on fire, reported on Tuesday the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

According to the paper, the victim woke up around 5 a.m. after hearing a loud knock on his door, on the 2700 block of New Deal Ave.

Arson detective Tim Siedentopp told the Tribune that the victim was able to shut his door when the suspect threw gasoline at him. He later saw flames encroaching underneath the door.

The victim called 911 screaming for help. Thanks to help from neighbors, the fire was extinguished, and only the door and carpet were damaged.

Authorities said they don't have a motive for the attack, and there is no description of the suspect.

Anyone with information about the attack can call 626-258-8634.

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