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The Republican Party headquarters in Orange County was vandalized and a fire started overnight Saturday, Hillsborough Police said Sunday afternoon.
The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and “flammable material” was thrown through a window starting a fire inside, police said in an email.
Graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police.
— NCGOP (@NCGOP) October 16, 2016
Police say the incident occurred when a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office on Ja Max Dr.
“The office itself is a total loss,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of state GOP. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.”
“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement.
“I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of people … Acts like this have no place in our community.”