On Heels of July 4th Arson Attack, Joplin Islamic Mosque Burned to the Ground In Second Fire
By: Katie Love Updated: August 6, 2012
Update: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may have caused today’s fire. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is in touch with the FBI about the case.
The CAIR called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim institutions and other houses of worship nationwide after hearing about the Joplin fire and after yesterday’s deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Washington.
(JOPLIN, MO)– The Islamic Mosque in Joplin is on fire for the second time this summer.
Firefighters were called to the mosque on Black Cat Rd. around 3:30 Monday morning.
When crews arrived, the west side of the building was on fire, but it quickly spread.
The entire mosque has burned to the ground..
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fire marshal has already been called in to investigate.
Mosque leaders say they are stunned by the fire, but are planning to continue their religious observances.
Investigators are holding a press conference later today regarding the fire.
Another fire, which was deemed arson, was reported at the same building July 4th.
Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect, but no arrests have been made.
We will update you as more details become available