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UPDATE: Attempted Arson At Mosque In East Harris County

The tires of the imam’s vehicle were slashed and investigators think the two incidents are connected

The fire was put out quickly and it was contained to the front door only, it never actually made it inside of the mosque.

A mosque located in east Harris County suffered an attempted arson early on Thursday but the fire was quickly put out and there was minimal damage, according to the county’s Fire Marshal Office.

The name of the mosque is Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) Northshore and it is located at the 13800 block of Brownsville Street, in the Cloverleaf neighborhood.

Rachel Moreno, public information officer with the Harris County Fire Marshal Office, said the mosque’s grounds keeper was alerted by an alarm around 4:30 a.m. The groundskeeper lives next door to the mosque and Moreno noted that he “was able to put the fire out with water very quickly.”

“It does appear that someone or some suspects poured an ignitable liquid on the door of the mosque and lit on fire,” the spokeswoman said, although she added that the damage was “very minimal” because the fire was “contained to the front door only, it never actually made it inside of the mosque.”

The vehicle of the mosque’s imam had all four tires slashed and investigators think that incident is connected with the attempted arson.

Additionally, the vehicle of the mosque’s imam had all four tires slashed and investigators think that incident is connected with the attempted arson.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Harris County Fire Marshal Office are asking for tips for Crime Stoppers. Information can be provided by calling 713-222-TIPS or visiting crime-stoppers.org. There could be a reward of up to $5,000.

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) said in a statement that the front portion of the mosque “suffered heavy fire damage” and asked community members “to remain vigilant about their surroundings.”

 

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