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Firebombs set off at Texas state senator's office

Police in Fort Worth, Texas, say an arrest has been made in connection with Tuesday's firebomb attack outside the office of a Texas state senator. KXAS-TV's Scott Gordon reports.

Fort Worth police say an arrest has been made in connection with Tuesday night's firebomb attack on the office of state Sen. Wendy Davis.

Davis was not in the office at the time of the attack, and no one was injured.

Two staff members opened the door to the office Tuesday night to find flames shooting in the air, the senator's spokesman said. An employee put out the fire with an extinguisher, said Anthony Spangler, the senator's spokesman.

The man fled across the street, according to witnesses.

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Davis, a former Fort Worth City Council member, has been locked in a heated battle over redistricting. Her office is located on trendy West Seventh Street.

She praised police and firefighters for their quick response and said she doesn't know who would want to attack her.

"It's a sad but true fact of public service that we have to feel concerned sometimes for our personal safety," Davis said.

Arson investigators spent several hours examining the scene and carrying out several fuel-filled bottles known as Molotov cocktails.

A valet who works for a restaurant across from the office building said he and two other men saw the man running out the building moments after the fire alarm sounded.

The valet, who declined to give his name, said they chased the man but lost him after he ran across the street.

Spangler said the Texas Department of Public Safety was assisting the Fort Worth Fire Department in the investigation.

"I think our staffers were probably very shocked by what happened and glad to get out of the office safely," Spangler said.

Davis said her office would reopen Wednesday morning.

"We are going to try to continue to be calm but strong on the issues we believe in," she said.

Spangler also said the senator's office had received no recent threats, but investigators were checking into reports the arsonist matched the general description of a disgruntled constituent who had gone to the office in the past week.

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