Investigators suspect arson at Arizona Democratic Party headquarters

Investigators suspect arson at Arizona Democratic Party headquarters
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Investigators said they suspect arson in a fire that caused major damage Friday morning at the Arizona Democratic Party headquarters in Phoenix.

“After … collection of the evidence they determined this was indeed a human-caused fire,” Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Rob McDade said at a press conference.

The investigation into the fire is still ongoing, and the Phoenix Police Department is asking people who were in the area Thursday night or early Friday morning to alert them with any new information. 

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“It’s very upsetting,” said Steven Slugocki, the chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Party. “We’ve lost all of our stuff, computers, the equipment, printers, the files ... it’s all gone.” 

Nobody was inside the headquarters at the time of the fire. 

“We are cooperating fully with the local authorities as they continue their investigation into last night’s fire. We’re grateful to those who have expressed love and concern for our staff’s well-being, and we’re even more grateful to the first responders who were on the scene last night and today. We encourage the public to assist the local authorities in their work, and we’re continuing our work safely and remotely,” the Arizona Democratic Party said in a statement.

The Arizona Republican Party added that “any person committing an act of violence, especially politically motivated violence, against any individual, party, or group in Arizona must be held accountable and prosecuted to the maximum extent of our laws.”