Editor’s note: Police initially said the salon was torched with a Molotov cocktail on Sunday afternoon, but have since determined that the arsonist poured gasoline and then set it ablaze. For the latest updates on the investigation, click here.

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LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A suspect tossed a molotov cocktail into a Lower East Side salon on Sunday, injuring several people, police said.

A 911 call came in for a fire at a beauty salon on Eldridge Street near Broome Street around 5:15 p.m., officials said. Two people suffered burns.

When officers arrived, they found a 46-year-old man who’d suffered burns throughout his body. A 60-year-old woman was burned on her face and back.

They were both taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said. Neither victim was considered likely to die. Police on Sunday night said they were interviewing the injured man.

Witness Nick Gerard said he saw people run from the building. He said their clothes had been burned.

“They were covered in soot,” Gerard said.

Someone was unable to get out of the salon, Gerard said. He and another person tried to break the window.

“It was made out of safety glass, so it wasn’t breaking,” Gerard said.

Police were still searching for a suspect on Sunday night. Officials have not yet released a description.

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