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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Man catches self on fire during arson at North Carolina RV business

Updated: Nov. 5, 2020 at 7:23 PM EST
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CATAWBA COUNTY , N.C. (WBTV) - A person who caught themselves on fire and is accused of setting fire to a business office in Catawba County over the weekend is being sought.

Deputies say the fire was set at the Lake Norman R V Resort on East NC Highway 150 in Sherrills Ford. Firefighters responded to the business around 1 a.m. Saturday to find it up in flames.

Video shows a masked person breaking into the business office, dousing the office with accelerant and igniting the building. The person involved also caught fire and can be seen running off to try and extinguish the flames. It’s believed this person suffered burns.

The person was seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie and a white face mask. They were carrying a pry bar and a red gas can.

The video also shows the suspect going into a closet and coming out with a bag that had money in it.

“He knew what he was looking for,” said Catawba County Sheriff’s Captain Aaron Turk.

After grabbing the money and spreading the flammable liquid, the cameras showed the suspect setting the office on fire, as they stood in the middle of it.

“Not an intelligent act,” said Turk.

Moments later, as flames erupted in the office, another camera showed glass breaking and the suspect running into the parking lot. Their feet were on fire and so was the bag of money. The suspect dropped the bag, and ran off.

Deputies say the person was seen picking up a bag of money on fire in the parking lot, which was taken from the business before the building was set fire. Video shows a vehicle waiting in the roadway, which was believed to be transporting the person accused of setting the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112.

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