North Carolina police: GOP office damaged by fire, graffiti

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a retail complex housing a Republican Party office in North Carolina was damaged by fire and graffiti.

A news release on Sunday from the town of Hillsborough says that someone threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid through the window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters overnight. The release says the substance ignited and damaged furniture before burning out.

The news release says an adjacent building was spray-painted with the words: "Nazi Republicans leave town or else."

Another business owner discovered the damage Sunday morning. Local police are investigating alongside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

State GOP director Dallas Woodhouse says no one was injured, but a security alert is being sent to party offices around the state.