Farmington police seek suspect in arson

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Farmington Police Department posted a surveillance video that shows the suspect in the July 9 fire at fourplex in Farmington approach the back of the building and apparently set the building in the 300 block of Pine Street on fire.

Since it has been posted, the video has been viewed more than 25,000 times and several people have commented their outrage and even a tip as to who the person is was received.

After an exhaustive fire scene investigation was done by the Farmington Fire Department fire investigators, detectives of the Farmington Police Department and fire investigators from both the Minnesota State Fire Marshal and the ATF, the fire has been determined to be intentionally set, according to a release Tuesday from the Farmington Fire Department.

The video shows a man whom police describe as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a dark T-shirt and shorts. The man is carrying what appears to be a gasoline container that he places it inside a back portion of the four plex, then breaks through a window to apparently light the fire.

He then leaves the scene.

The police department says the man may have burn injuries.

Those with information about the incident should call the Arson Hot Line at 1-800-723-2020 or the Farmington Police Department at 651-280-6700 and ask for Det. Scovill.

During the fire, two people had to jump from a second story window to safety after the fire blocked the stairwell exit, according to fire officials.

Two people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment, according to news reports, and a firefighter was treated for exhaustion at the scene.