Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fire Destroys Bldg. at Houston Islamic Center; Investigators Believe Fire Set as a Hate Crime

Arson investigators believe that a fire that destroyed one of three buildings at an Islamic center in Houston, Texas was intentionally set as an Islamic hate crime, the LA Times website reports today (February 14, 2015).

No one was injured in the blaze that erupted before 6:15 a.m. prayers yesterday in a storage area of the Quba Islamic Institute mosque and school, located in a residential neighborhood on Houston's southeast side.

About 25 firefighters responded and extinguished the fire within an hour, according to Kenyatta Parker, a spokesman for the Houston Fire Department.

Institute officials said arson investigators told them that the fire was intentionally set.

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