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Video shows man setting Wimauma porch on fire, then running

WIMAUMA - Deputies are searching for a man caught on surveillance video setting fire to a porch.

The incident took place just after midnight on Thursday at a home on the 16000 block of Carlton Lake Road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the man in the video ignited the unknown substance inside a bottle and left it on the porch. The device caused what appeared to be a small explosion.

The man then ran west away from the home. A neighbor alerted the home's resident to the burning porch, who deputies said briefly chased the suspect before coming back to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.

The fire caused about $100 in damage to the home, deputies said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

Contact Josh Fiallo at jfiallo@tampabay.com. Follow @ByJoshFiallo.

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