The Associated Press reports:
A fire that destroyed the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters was an act of arson, authorities said. Investigators were gathering surveillance video from nearby buildings after combing the wreckage and concluding the fire was human-caused, authorities said. Nobody was hurt.
Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune declined to reveal what evidence convinced investigators the blaze was set, saying she doesn’t want to tip off the perpetrator. “We are working through it. It’s very early on,” Fortune told reporters. “We do have some good video, we do have some information.”
Arizona Republican Chair Kelli Ward condemned the act, saying violence is unacceptable. “Arizona Republicans look forward to meeting the Democrats on Election Day as opponents on the field of ideas,” Ward said in a statement.
This is the inside of the @MaricopaDems offices, now the scene of a suspected arson, per a video from the county party’s communications director
The party has worked out of the building for nearly two decades, since 2001 pic.twitter.com/8ohKAU5d43
— Alexander Tin (@ThisAlexTin) July 24, 2020