Long Beach firefighters responded to a call about the fire at about 2:30 a.m. in the 6400 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect allegedly purchased gasoline and a lighter, set the pump on fire then fled the scene, officials said.
The gas station attendant managed to put the fire out.
Firefighters also found a brush fire near the gas station when they responded to the call. Police are investigating whether the suspect set that fire too.