By Ted Scouten

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PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – A high tech doorbell caught an arsonist in the act in Pembroke Pines.

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Wednesday just after 12:30 a.m., it recorded a person in a hoodie walk up to Cadillac ATS parked in front of a home in the 7800 block of NW 15th Court. The person then walked around the car from back to front pouring some sort of liquid on it.

A few seconds later the rear of the car bursts into flames which quickly spread to the front as the person ran off.

The homeowner, Patricia Lordi, said her daughter woke her up after she heard a loud bang and the car alarm going off.

Pembroke Pines police checked with her neighbors to see if maybe they had surveillance video of the person before or after the fire.

The car exploded in the middle of Lordi’s driveway.

She says she didn’t hear it, but neighbors around her did.

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“It was like if something crashed, like when two cars crash really loud, it felt like that. We felt the heat of the fire in that room and I was like, oh my God, my house is going to catch on fire,” said neighbor, Jennifer Osorio.

Osorio grabbed her kids and ran, while the car burned just feet from her home.

“We saw the fire and we saw the fire with the wind coming toward the house. So, we quickly ran and got the kids and ran through the backyard,” she added.

Just moments before that explosion, Lordi’s Ring doorbell shows a shadowy figure dousing the car with something.

Hours later, the driveway reeks of gasoline.

Making all this worse for Lordi, her vehicle is no longer insured. Her insurance lapsed.

Neighbors are stunned upon learning this was a deliberate act.

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“I thought it was a malfunction. Cars, something can go wrong with some electrical thing because I never seen anything like it. Never here,” said neighbor Fannie Diaz.

Ted Scouten