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A suspect is on the run after a small blaze prompted minor damages however no accidents on the Vermont workplace of Independent Senator Bernie Sanders.

Vermont State Police has discovered that the hearth was brought on by arson.

The hearth is assumed to have been began exterior the workplace in Burlington on Friday. Authorities have mentioned {that a} man sprayed would they mentioned was a attainable accelerant on the door of the workplace and set it ablaze earlier than fleeing the scene. They added that the suspect has not been detained and no motive has but been established.

“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,” Burlington police mentioned in a press release. “The sprinkler system then engaged and largely extinguished the fire.”

Mr Sanders was not on the workplace on the time of the incident.

Earlier on Friday, the Burlington Fire Department mentioned it had responded to a morning name, discovering a fireplace between the vestibule, the elevator, and the doorway door to Mr Sanders’s workplace on the third flooring of the constructing.

Burlington Police launched a picture of the suspect, carrying an orange beanie, white sneakers, a black jacket, and darkish pants.

Police are searching for to determine a suspect who allegedly set Sen Bernie Sanders’s Vermont workplace on hearth (Burlington Police Department)

The door was reasonably broken, and enormous elements of the constructing suffered water harm. Both the places of work of Mr Sanders and different places of work close by have been evacuated.

Firefighters have been known as to the scene at about 10.45am on Friday. The constructing’s sprinkler system had put out many of the hearth by the point of their arrival.

Bernie Sanders was not on the workplace on the time of the hearth (Getty Images)

“We are grateful to the Burlington Fire and Police Departments who responded immediately today to a fire incident that took place in our office building,” Vermont State Director for Mr Sanders Kathryn Van Haste mentioned in a press release, in accordance with The New York Times.

“We are relieved that no one on our staff and, to our understanding, no one in the building was harmed,” she added, in accordance with native Vermont outlet Seven Days. “Thank you as well to the Vermont State Police for their assistance and the efforts of the US Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms, who are working in coordination with local first responders.”

Burlington Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak mentioned in a press release that she’s “grateful for the quick action of the Burlington Fire and Police Departments in responding to the fire at One Church Street”.

“My office continues to be in close communication with both departments as the investigation is carried out,” she added.

The brick constructing, valued at about $5.9m, was constructed within the late Nineties and beforehand served as a Masonic Temple, the native outlet famous. It’s listed within the National Register of Historic Places.

The Associated Press contributed to this report