On Friday morning, part of the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston went up in flames, (but not the Islamic school or mosque, just a back storage building) and local firefighters spent just an hour battling the blaze before extinguishing it.
The building set ablaze, which stored religious books, was completely destroyed, and came after the center’s staff chased off a masked man from the premises earlier this week.
Houston officials believe the fire was set intentionally, (perhaps by a Muslim?) and many are calling for this to be investigated as a hate crime. Unfortunately, the hate which likely ignited this fire wasn’t just contained to the blaze, for as news of the fire spread, a retired Houston-area firefighter who still volunteers for Crystal Beach Fire & Rescue posted the following: