Texas Department of Public Safety

Arson Suspected in Car Fire Outside Texas Capitol

State investigators are seeking a `person of interest' for questioning in a car fire outside the Texas Capitol suspected to have been deliberately set.

The 2 p.m. Friday fire involved a car parked inside a secure lot on the Capitol's south side. Austin Fire Department units extinguished the fire, which the State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating as arson.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, which is in charge of Capitol security, said in a statement that it's seeking clues to the identity and whereabouts of a man said to be a "person of interest." An image from a security camera shows a white man with a light beard dressed in a black T-shirt, purple shorts and a camouflage baseball cap.

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