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VIDEO: 2 Arsonists Set Themselves Ablaze Trying To Burn Down Business

Bakersfield, CA – Two arsonists set themselves on fire early Monday morning while trying to burn down a business that provides immigration and naturalization services (video below).

The incident occurred at Servicio de Immigracion located near Camino Primavera and Niles Street shortly after midnight on Jan. 2, KBAK reported.

Security footage showed two suspects dressed in black pouring gasoline on the ground and the side of the business.

As one of the arsonists tossed more gasoline onto the surveillance camera, the second suspect set fire to a second portion of the building.

The flames instantly ignited the flammable substance and exploded, setting both suspects on fire as it snaked along the ground, the video showed.

They were both still burning when they ran off and out of the camera’s view.

The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) responded to the scene for what they initially believed was a ground fire outside the business, KBAK reported.

“When firefighters arrived, they had found that the fire was located towards the rear of the structure and the garage area,” KCFD Captain Andrew Freeborn told the news outlet.

They were able to douse the flames in about 10 minutes, but the garage was burned and smoke had also gotten into the business portion of the building, KBAK reported.

An industrial fan was destroyed and at least one security camera melted.

Investigators reviewed the security footage and realized the blaze had been set intentionally.

“Yeah, the footage is quite dramatic,” Capt. Freeborn told KBAK. “We hope that these individuals are identified quickly.”

Police confirmed that no one had been arrested in connection with the arson as of Wednesday, the New York Post reported.

The motive for the attack is unknown.

Servicio de Immigracion was burglarized the following day, but the business’s security cameras were inoperable due to the arson, WPDE reported.

The incident was captured by a nearby auto shop’s surveillance cameras.

The owner of Servicio de Immigracion said the damages caused by the fire are extremely expensive, and that the loss of items like phones and computers as a result of the burglary have just compounded the devastation, WPDE reported.

He said he works with approximately 1,000 clients and that he is still trying to determine whether the intruders took off with any of his clients’ information, according to the news outlet.

The business owner said he plans to transfer the workers employed at the vandalized location over to a second storefront he owns at another location, WPDE reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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