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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man tried to kill a woman by setting a building on fire on Tuesday in DC, police said.

It happened at the 3300 block of 6th Street, SE, at around 12:05 p.m., police said.

Steven Johnson, 28, of Southeast, DC, was arrested after he set the building on fire, police said.

"DC Fire Department and Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call for the report of a building fire in the 3300 block of 6th Street, SE. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions as a result of the building fire," police said in a news release.

The woman he was trying to kill was able to escape the fire, uninjured, police said.

Johnson is charged with Assault With Intent to Kill and Arson, police said.

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