Fire at Islamic Center in Tampa Damages Four Classrooms

A fire at the Islamic Society of Tampa damaged four classrooms and forced 50 people, including students, to flee the burning building, reports The Associated Press.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera said the blaze broke out around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Rivera said people in the classrooms heard a crackling noise in the attic area above them, and then the fire alarm went off. The center has a day care.

It wasn’t immediately clear what started the fire. Rivera said he didn’t think it was suspicious, but officials are investigating.