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Bernie Sanders in file photo. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Bernie Sanders in file photo. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man was charged Sunday, April 7, with setting a fire outside the Vermont office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said.

Shant Soghomonian, 35, who was previously of Northridge, entered the building on Friday and went to Sanders’ third-floor office where security video shows him spraying a liquid on the door and setting it afire, officials said.

The building’s interior suffered some damage from the fire and sprinklers that doused the area with water, but no one was hurt.

Sanders, an independent, was not in the office.

Senator Bernie Sanders joins striking workers at Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A.

Soghomonian was arrested Sunday on a charge of using fire to damage a building used in interstate commerce, according to a statement from Nikolas Kerest, the U.S. attorney for Vermont.

The motive remained unclear.

The crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by police departments in Burlington, Shelburne and Williston; Vermont State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and U.S. Capitol Police, officials said.