VICTORIA, Texas >> An early-morning hearth has destroyed a Texas mosque that had been a goal of hatred up to now.
The Victoria Advocate studies that a comfort retailer clerk noticed smoke and flames billowing from the Islamic Middle of Victoria at round 2 a.m. Saturday and referred to as the hearth division.
Jeff Cowan, battalion chief for the town’s hearth division, says firefighters and cops discovered the mosque utterly consumed in flames once they arrived.
The blaze was extinguished about 4 hours later. No accidents have been reported.
Victoria Hearth Marshal Tom Legler has requested for assist from state and federal hearth investigators to find out what triggered the blaze.
The Islamic middle’s president, Shahid Hashmi, wouldn’t speculate about whether or not it was arson, however he says the constructing was burglarized every week in the past. The paper studies that in July 2013, a person admitted to portray “H8,” a pc shorthand for “hate,” on the surface of the constructing.
The mosque has a congregation of one hundred members. Victoria is about one hundred fifteen miles southwest of Houston.