Marlowe's Shade

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Springfield MA Mosque Fire Being Investigated

In The Boston Globe

Arson investigators were on the scene of a fast-moving fire that destroyed a city mosque on Wednesday.
Authorities had not been able to determine whether the fire that destroyed the Al-Baqi Islamic Center was suspicious because the remains of the brick building were not safe to enter, said Lt. Neil Hawley of the Springfield Fire Department.

No one was in the building when the fire started.

A passer-by reported fire coming from the second floor of the mosque on Union Street at about 5 p.m., Hawley said. When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, fire was showing from the second and third floors.

"Fifteen minutes after that, it was through the roof," Hawley said, explaining that a stiff wind made it impossible to fight the flames from inside the three-story building, a former school.

It was quite windy yesterday in MA, but should it prove to be arson, hopefully authorities will find those responsible.

Thanks to Raven1 at LGF
papijoe 8:24 AM