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Police arrested a man who broke into a dormitory at Yeshiva University in Manhattan and set fires using matches intended for lighting a Hanukkah menorah, The Associated Press reports.

No one was injured by the fires that were set early Friday. Fire department officials said there was no indication the episode was a hate crime, according to the report.

The suspect, 33-year-old Peter Weyand, was awaiting arraignment Saturday after being arrested on arson and other charges. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Weyand set three separate fires at the dorm as students slept around 4:00 a.m. Friday. The blazes were quickly extinguished.

The fire department released surveillance video showing a man kicking out part of a glass door to the lobby and then crawling through it, briefly picking up a front-desk phone and continuing into the building.

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