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An arsonist with plans to burn a local business to the ground didn't have the best of luck. The Australian man ended up catching himself on fire and police say his injuries should make him easier to catch.

The incident happened on the day after Christmas. Surveillance video caught the man breaking into a store with a gas can with clear intentions. After a few minutes of being off camera, the man runs into view with his pants on fire. The fire on his clothing wasn't completely put out until he went outside and stomped around a bit.

The man still caused "extensive damage" to the store -- so he succeeded in doing what he set out to do but the burns that he likely suffered might give him up -- especially if he seeks medical treatment in the coming days.

For more on this story, check out the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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