Deputy state fire marshals are asking for the community’s help identifying a person they say is responsible for an arson attempt Thursday night at an Aberdeen apartment complex.
Surveillance footage shows a man entering a Perrywood Garden Apartment building at approximately 9:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The man places a blanket on the floor, douses it with a flammable liquid, then makes a failed attempt to ignite the blanket, the fire marshal said. He then picks up the blanket, flees the building and discards the items outside.
The Aberdeen Fire Department was called to the apartments in the 200 block of Mayberry Drive around 10:30 p.m. for a reported fuel leak. That’s when firefighters discovered a large puddle of suspected gasoline on the second floor of the apartment building, the fire marshal said.
While searching for a source of the fuel, they found an empty plastic gasoline container outside the building. Firefighters then called the fire marshal to investigate.