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Two American flags burned outside Bakersfield gym

A burnt flag pole and the charred remains of an American flag lie outside Lyday Fitness in Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 (KBAK/KBFX photo)

When Dicky Mulyana arrived at his gym this morning, he saw something unusual by the front door.

"I noticed there was something on the ground, and then I looked up and was like, 'Where's my flag?'" he recalled.

His American flag had been burned, and the charred nylon remains lie melted on the pavement. The wooden pole was burned, but still intact.

Mulyana said it must have happened overnight between when he left at 8:30 and when he got back at 4:30 Wednesday morning.

And it wasn't just his flag. In the same complex on Downing Avenue and Alken Street, the flag outside Neal Lyday's gym was also burned.

"I couldn't believe it," said Lyday who arrived at work this morning to find one of his trainers, a combat veteran, standing over the charred remnants in shock.

"It hurt me to see something like that," said Lyday.

Both he and Mulyana say they have no idea who did it. They don't believe it was a disgruntled client, but can't rule it out. Lyday says the only surveillance camera on the property had recently been turned off after he moved units so they have no video of the incident.

Mulyana, who immigrated to the U.S. from Indonesia when he was a child, says whoever it was, he thinks it's part of a larger cultural shift possibly related to the election of Donald Trump.

"It could be, I don't know. It could be someone who just dislikes America," he said.

They say they have notified the Bakersfield Police Department and hope whoever did it comes forward.

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