SELDEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching Saturday for a suspect in the fire that gutted a tanning salon in Selden, Long Island, early on Christmas Day.

In an incident that was reportedly caught on surveillance video, the suspect was shown using a hammer to punch a hole in the window of Sky Tan, climbing inside, and dousing the tanning beds with gasoline, 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported.

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“He had a trail that led up to the door, lit it like a fuse, and the whole thing just blew up right in his face,” said owner John Rose.

Rose said he believes a competitor could be responsible for the fire set just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The tanning salon, at 1198 Middle Country Rd. in Selden, was completely gutted. The adjacent Cella Bagels shop was also damaged, Rose said.

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But Rose said the fire will not shut the salon down.

“This place will be rebuilt faster than anybody can imagine,” Rose said.

In a Facebook message Wednesday, the salon said it would rebuild, “but we ask our customers to stay positive, give us (their) prayers, and cooperate with us.” The salon said anyone holding a tanning package would be contacted personally.

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