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Anchorage police seek elderly man recorded lighting fire

October 23, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are asking for help identifying an elderly man suspected of walking up to a home and lighting it on fire.

The Oct. 16 fire charred the front door and exterior of the south Anchorage home. The homeowner extinguished the fire.

The Anchorage Daily News reports home-security video recorded the suspect stepping out of a gray or silver Subaru or Toyota station wagon and walking up to the door.

He carried a gas can in one hand and a box of matches in the other.

The man pours a liquid along the bottom of the door and lights it. As flames appear, the man steps off the porch. He then returns to the porch, possibly to retrieve the gas can.

Family members say they don’t recognize the man.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com