Mosque Fire Was Arson, Hillsborough County Officials Say
A Florida Muslim advocacy group is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set the fire.
THONOTOSASSA – Hillsborough County fire investigators have ruled the overnight fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa to be an arson.
Fire officials said that rumors of gunshots through the exterior door at the mosque were unfounded. Fire officials are asking that the public call 1-877-662-7766 with any information..
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set the fire.
CAIR-FL, the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, said a board member of the Islamic Society of New Tampa / Daarus Salaam Mosque commonly referred as the New Tampa Mosque was the first to hear of the fire. He was notified about 2:15 a.m. by the private security-alarm company informing him that the Mosque sprinkler system had gone off most likely because of a fire. Mosque officials arrived at the property about 2:30 a.m., around the same time as the first responders. CAIR said they learned that the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue dispatch received a call about 2:09 a.m. and immediately moved to the area.The mosque is located in Thonotosassa.
For information about CAIR-FLorida, go to cairflorida.org.
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