ARIZONA NEWS

Arson suspected in Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters fire

Jul 24, 2020, 3:21 PM | Updated: 8:34 pm
(Maricopa Democratic Party Photo)...
(Maricopa Democratic Party Photo)
(Maricopa Democratic Party Photo)

A fire that broke out early Friday morning at the Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters in central Phoenix is now being investigated for arson, authorities said.

Phoenix Fire Department crews responded to reports of smoke coming from the building near Central Avenue and Thomas Road at about 1 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building but were able to extinguish the fire.

No injuries were reported and nobody was in the building at the time of the fire, Phoenix Fire said.

“It’s sad from the standpoint of all the memories that were in there and the memorabilia, but for the most part we’re focused on what’s ahead and that nobody was injured,” Matt Grodsky, communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

The Arizona Democratic Party shares the building with county Democrats, but Grodsky said the Maricopa County side received the brunt of the damage.

Grodsky said the fire won’t have a large effect on the party’s operations since employees have been working remote since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, authorities said.

No other information was immediately available.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

FILE - A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, ...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 3,655 new COVID-19 cases, 47 deaths on Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 3,655 new COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths.
10 hours ago
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

In need of Gmail storage space cleanup tips? Here are a few to get you started

If you haven’t done much in the past to keep the clutter from building up in your Gmail account, there are a number of places where you can free up valuable storage space.
10 hours ago
(Gilbert Police Department photo)...
KTAR.com

Gilbert Police Department hoping for leads in 1991 missing persons cold case

It's been more than 30 years since the disappearance of 23-ear-old Gilbert resident Lisa Jameson, and police are still hoping for tips that may lead to solving the case.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

ASU police wellness check turns into interstate effort to help lost elderly couple

Arizona State University police officers last weekend performed a wellness check that became an interstate effort to help a couple who authorities say were confused about where they were.
10 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Mesa International Film Festival kicks off on Friday

The third Mesa International Film Festival will kick off in the Valley on Friday with plenty of films scheduled for the weekend. 
10 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Murder charge in Arizona against divorce lawyer dismissed

A murder charge filed in Arizona against a California lawyer in the 2010 shooting death of his stepdaughter’s husband has been dismissed.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
(Facebook Photo/NHTSA)...
Sweet James

Upcoming holiday season is peak time for DUI arrests

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous time of the year to be driving. That’s why it’s important to remember to call Sweet James Accident Attorneys if you’re injured or arrested because of a DUI accident.
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
Arson suspected in Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters fire