An arsonist setting a car on fire, and then accidentally setting himself on fire, was all caught on surveillance tape.
Neighbors said it all happened around 3 a.m. Monday in the 3200 block of Chestnut Street in Laureldale, Berks Co.
The vehicle that was set on fire belongs to James Kocher. It was also Kocher's surveillance cameras attached to his home that captured the crime.
In the video, a man is shown bending down next to Kocher's vehicle as it catches on fire, and then seconds later the arsonist himself catches fire as he fled the scene.
"It was flames coming off of him maybe three feet long. Actually he must have had a hoodie on. The flames were coming off of his head," said Kocher.
State police said this is the second car fire in the area over the past couple months.
Kocher said, previously, someone put material on fire in the back of his pickup truck.
"I had punctured tires. Other neighbors had punctured tires. I had sugar put in the fuel tank," said Kocher. "I'm very concerned."
Charles Schwab is also concerned. He said someone threatened his home.
"They threatened to burn my house, too," said Schwab. "Yes, and that's on the police records down in Laureldale."
Now police are hoping someone will see the video and give them a call.
"Part of our concern is we've checked the hospitals and we can't seem to find this person. We're concerned about the person's well-being, that they may be injured," said Tpr. David Beohm, Pa. State Police.
State police said the fire marshal has seen the video and is currently investigating.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Alert: Berks County at 877-373-9913.