Suspicious fire at Tas Liberal office

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A seemingly deliberately lit fire has damaged the electorate office of Tasmania's deputy Liberal Party leader on the night of the state election.

Police were called to Jeremy Rockliff's Devonport office at 12.20am on Sunday after an intruder alarm went off.

Officers discovered flames around the building's front window, which they quickly extinguished.

The fire burned carpet under the door and there was smoke inside the office, with the damage bill estimated to be several thousand dollars.

"Two windows suffered minor cracking at the base due to the heat and initial investigations suggest a liquid accelerant was used on the external frontage," Tasmania Police said in a statement.

Police say there is no evidence anyone went inside the office. They are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

The Liberals claimed election victory and a third term on Saturday night but whether the party governs in majority remains to be seen as counting continues.

Mr Rockliff was re-elected in the northern seat of Braddon and has served as an MP since 2002.