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Sat Apr 6, 2024, 04:29 AM Apr 6

Fire at Bernie Sanders' Vermont office investigated as arson [View all]

Source: NBC News

April 5, 2024, 9:11 PM EDT / Updated April 5, 2024, 11:12 PM EDT

A fire at Sen. Bernie Sanders' Vermont office is being investigated as arson, the Burlington Fire Department said Friday.

Firefighters were dispatched Friday morning to the building that houses the independent senator's only congressional office in the state. They found "a fire in the vestibule between the elevator and the entrance door to [Sanders'] office," the fire department said in a news release.

Police in Burlington said "an unknown male subject entered the vestibule" of Sanders' office and then "sprayed an apparent accelerant on the entrance door." "He then lit the accelerant and fled," the police statement said. It also said that a "significant fire engulfed the door and part of the vestibule, impeding the egress of staff members who were working in the office and endangering their lives."

There were no reported injuries. The door to Sanders' office was damaged by the fire and other parts of the building had water damage. The suspect has not been apprehended, and there is no known motive, according to police.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/fire-bernie-sanders-vermont-office-investigated-arson-rcna146685

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