Buffalo fire investigators hope laboratory technicians can lift useful fingerprints off a gasoline container found in a vehicle behind the Elmwood Avenue coffee shop that an arsonist burned down early Thursday morning.
Investigators have impounded the vehicle, which belongs to Lon Coldiron, owner of the "Coffee &" shop at 718 Elmwood Ave.
"It looks like an attempt was made to burn the car," Lt. Garnell Smith said Friday.
Police officials say Coldiron is not a suspect in the arson. The shop had been the target of recent arson threats.
An arsonist poured a flammable liquid on two spots on the first floor before setting the fire. City crews demolished the remaining shell Thursday.
Coldiron, who lived on the third floor, was led down a ladder from the first-floor roof and taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.