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Man caught on camera torching convenience store

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are asking for the public's help in finding the person who they said is responsible for setting an East Side convenience store on fire.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the MLK Food Mart in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Drive.

The store's owner, Karim Maknojia, said surveillance cameras caught the person on tape.

"He put something liquid (in) a bucket just to throw inside -- to start the fire inside," said Maknojia.

Inside his store Tuesday afternoon, not much was left. Most all the food and goods in the store is been tainted with smoke or fire damage, and a big hole is left in the roof.

There were employees inside the store at the time of the fire but no one was hurt.

Long-time customers say this is a huge blow to the neighborhood and want the arsonist caught.

"(It's) bad for the neighborhood because a lot of people come here," said John Mireles. "(Maknojia is) a nice guy. Like almost every day people come here. I come here to put gas and to get a little bit of groceries and stuff.

Maknojia does have insurance but said he's not sure how much it will cover.

He also doesn't know when his store, which has been at the location for a year, will be back up and running.

If you have any information on the suspect, you're asked to call San Antonio police immediately. That person will likely be charged with arson, police said.