Possible Arson Fire Damages California Mosque

A Southern California mosque was damaged by fire Friday, and its leader said people there at the time believe it was intentionally set, reports CBS

CBS affiliate KPSP reported smoke and flames were seen coming from the Islamic Society of Palm Springs at about 12:10 p.m.

Cal Fire responded and was able to extinguish the fire in about 35 minutes and no injuries were reported. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the flames were contained to the building’s front lobby.

Reymundo Nour, the mosque’s acting imam, said people there described hearing a “loud boom” and seeing flames. He said the mosque had been “fire-bombed.”

A group of Muslims gathered in front of the mosque in prayer shortly after the fire was contained.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency will assist local law enforcement in determining the cause, which was under investigation.

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