Wednesday, July 27, 2011 , Updated 2:55 p.m., July 27, 2011
UPDATED: Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney attacked with Molotov cocktail
Crews quickly extinguished the flames and reported minor damage.
A fire in McKinney appears to have been intentionally started.
At approximately 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, the McKinney Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at Planned Parenthood, 1720 Eldorado Parkway, in McKinney.
First arriving units found a small fire burning on the exterior of the building in the area of the main entrance. The fire was quickly extinguished with minor damage. Initial investigation reveals an incendiary device containing flammable liquid appears to have been thrown at the building.
The fire is under investigation by the McKinney Fire Marshal and the McKinney Police Department.
UPDATE from Star Local News: Officials with Planned Parenthood confirmed that their McKinney clinic was the target of violence sometime last night.
Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, said their McKinney health center located on Eldorado Parkway was "attacked" between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday with an incendiary device.
The person or persons involved in the attack threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. Morgan said the device did not penetrate the front of the clinic but did cause some serious damage.
"It didn't penetrate the health center office and none of the staff or patients were there, which is great," Morgan said. "It scorched the outside of the door and I believe there was a little scorching to the retail locations on either side of it."
McKinney police officials have taken some of the remains of the device as evidence and cleaned up the facility, so they could remain open the following morning.
Morgan characterized the attack as unprecedented, not just for the clinic but for their entire North Texas operations.
"We have not had this kind of violence at any of the other locations in the past," she said. "I believe we've had some vandalism in the past but that was a decade or so ago. We have never had any kind of attack to this degree."
UPDATE (1:35 p.m.): McKinney fire officials have confirmed that an incendiary device was used in the attack. Fire crews arrived on the scene at 10:05 p.m. and found a small fire burning the exterior of the building. Crews quickly extinguished the flames and only reported minor damage. An investigation revealed the presence of the device that contained "flammable liquid" that was thrown at the building. The incident is still under investigation by the McKinney Fire Marshal and the McKinney Police Department.
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