Before knowing any facts, designated Terrorist Group CAIR immediately calls for a hate crime investigation.
ABC13 Houston fire officials say the fire at the Quba Islamic Institute started around 5:00am. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate the fire as a possible hate crime.
That call comes as Ahsan Zahid, assistant Imam at the institute, says he spoke with the Houston arson investigator about their preliminary results. Zahid said, “They said their dog went through and he hit on some substances inside the place, and he said, ‘From what I see right now at this point, I have to say it was an incendiary fire which means that it was started on purpose.’ That’s all we can go on at this point. I don’t want to speculate.”
Though we don’t know officially if the cause was accidental or deliberate, the FBI is now monitoring the situation. Flames ate away at a building on the back of the property, which members tell us was only used for storage for books, renovation supplies, and furniture.
“The damage on the back building is total,” said Houston Fire Department district chief Ken Tyner. “The whole entire building back there is burned up.”