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Man starts fire at Staten Island gas station, seriously injuring another man

STATEN ISLAND — Police are looking for a man who started a fire at a New York City gas station, a blaze that seriously injured a man nearby.

(NYPD)

It was reported around 2 a.m. Monday at a gas station on Richmond Avenue in Staten Island.

The New York Police Department released video showing a man filling a gas can, then spraying fuel around the pump, setting a piece of paper aflame and using it to ignite the spilled fuel into a blaze that flared up around the gas pumps.

Police say the gas station's fire extinguisher system put out the flames, but a 21-year-old man suffered internal injuries. He's hospitalized in serious, but stable, condition.

The NYPD says the man who started the fire arrived in a blue minivan.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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