Community Devastated Following Local Mosque Fire; Authorities Looking to Determine Cause

An early morning fire destroyed a mosque on the North side of Victoria, and is now prompting a state and federal investigation.

The fire happened around 2:00 Saturday morning at the Victoria Islamic Center on East Airline Road.
According to members of the congregation, a convenience store clerk spotted the fire while taking out the trash, and dialed 911.

The fire department says firefighters and police found the mosque completely consumed in flames when they arrived

The city Fire Marshal,Tom Legler, has asked for help from the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office, and The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to determine the cause of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

During an evening press conference, Victoria Fire Chief, Taner Drake, says they are looking into every possibility from a hate crime to an accident.

“Investigators will go through and they will be able to pinpoint where the fire started, and they’ll just look at the evidence,” says Drake.

Members say the building was not insured. They have started a Go Fund Me.

The link can be found here.

A prayer service in the grass area of the Victoria Islamic Center will be held Sunday at 10am. The service will be open to the public.