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.

READ MORE: Former Aide Accusing Gov. Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment Says She Believes Governor Was Propositioning Her For Sex

“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.

READ MORE: Gov. Lamont Lifts Most COVID Capacity Limits In Connecticut, But Maintains Mask Mandate

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.

You May Also Be Interested In These Stories

MORE NEWS: 'Isolation Kills, Too': New Jersey Families Beg Governor To Loosen Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Restrictions

[display-posts category=”news” posts_per_page=”4″]