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Suspect with knife starts fire in Mission Foods Co.

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A knife-wielding suspect set fire to the floor of a Mission District grocery store Monday evening, police and fire officials said.

The suspect walked into the Foods Co. grocery store at 1800 Folsom St. at 6:30 p.m. and started pouring lighter fluid on the floor, according to the fire department. The suspect was waving a knife and set the floor on fire, police said.

The fire department responded and quickly put the fire out. Two of the store’s employees were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, police said.

Police quickly arrested the suspect, identified as Shaun Lavell Jones, 24. Jones was born a male but identifies as a female, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Jones was booked on suspicion of burglary and arson, Esparza said.

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