Inside job? Insurance fraud? CAIR spokeswhiners aren’t yet declaring that the fire was an “Islamophobic hate crime” but are demanding that authorities investigate it for an “anti-Muslim motive.”
CNN The Islamic Center of Houston caught fire after Friday prayers, when the place was “pretty much empty,” center president M.J. Khan said. No injuries were reported in the two-alarm fire, drawing 80 firefighters, according to officials and CNN affiliate KTRK. The mosque was in a strip mall, and the smoke also damaged a pharmacy next door, the affiliate reported.