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FBI investigates arson at Chinese consulate; no one injured

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials said Thursday a fire at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was ignited at the front of the building, leading to an arson investigation and calls from the Chinese government for better protection of diplomats in the U.S.

No one was hurt in the Wednesday night blaze that charred the building’s doorway, damaged the lobby and burned upward toward the roof.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee said the blaze was caused by an ‘‘incendiary device,’’ but didn’t specify what it was. No bomb-making materials were found, and there were no traces of an explosion, Lee said. The FBI is leading the investigation.

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