Chinese Consulate attacked, damaged by fire

An attack on the Chinese Consulate early Thursday involved as many as four people that were possibly captured on camera, according to police.

A resident alerted authorities at around 4 a.m. after seeing two people near the Chinese Consulate facing Geary Street, then moments later, a burst of flame. The witness also reported seeing two people running after the incident.

By the time police arrived, the fire was out and what remained was a large charred mark on the metal gate.

A flammable liquid is believed to have been applied to the security door and then ignited, authorities said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said that while officials “don’t believe there is a major threat,” police presence will be increased in the area.

The suspects were captured on the consulate’s security cameras, Mannina said. No arrests were made.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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