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Fire at Arizona Democratic Party building in Phoenix being investigated as arson

Posted at 4:25 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 01:51:14-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a fire that sparked overnight at the Arizona Democratic Party building in Phoenix is being investigated as arson.

Fire crews were called to the building around 1:00 a.m. Friday near Thomas Road and Central Avenue for reports of smoke.

When they arrived they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure.

Firefighters quickly used hose lines to enter the building for search, rescue, and fire attack, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Ladder crews were sent to the roof to cut ventilation holes to assist in fire control.

Firefighters were eventually able to extinguish the fire and ensure the building was clear of anyone inside.

Steven Slugocki, a chairman with the Maricopa County Democratic Party, released a statement saying, "The MCDP staff is speechless. Our organization has worked out of this building for over a decade. It has been home to thousands of volunteers, candidates, supporters and friends. Memories were made, victories were celebrated, and lifelong friendships have been forged.

While this poses new challenges in an already critical election, we want to assure you that this will not hinder our efforts to elect Democrats across the county. We will continue to lead and we are ready to win."

Police say that based on evidence gathered at the scene, with help from the ATF, they're now investigating the fire as an arson case. No additional details have been released.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.