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Houston - Suspect Arrested In Arson Fire At Houston Islamic Building

Published on: February 16, 2015 08:30 PM
By: Reuters 
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Ahsan Zahid, Assistant Imam, assistant priest in Islam, stands in front of the charred Quba Islam Institute after it burned Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)Ahsan Zahid, Assistant Imam, assistant priest in Islam, stands in front of the charred Quba Islam Institute after it burned Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

Houston -  A homeless man has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire that destroyed a building at an Islamic institute in Houston, fire officials said on Monday.

The blaze early on Friday at the Quba Islamic Institute destroyed one of three buildings there, but no one was injured. Fire officials said Darryl Ferguson, 55, confessed to causing the fire.

Houston fire officials told reporters that Ferguson came to the site of the fire on his bicycle on Monday, and detectives asked if he wanted to talk to them. He said he did, and later confessed to the fire.

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The fire came days after a gunman shot dead three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina. The incident drew international attention and Muslim activists urged authorities to investigate it as a possible hate crime.

Houston fire officials said on Monday authorities are still investigating whether the alleged arson was a hate crime.

The institute has continued operating since the blaze.

The FBI, which is monitoring the investigation, says hate crimes are fully or partly motivated by bias against race, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexual orientation. They generally carry greater penalties.



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 Feb 16, 2015 at 08:43 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

We should all be grateful nobody was hurt.

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 Feb 16, 2015 at 08:58 PM DougFische Says:

Nebech, the assistant Imam ooks so sad. It would be a real Kiddush Hashem if Yidden donated to help rebuild the structure.

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 Feb 16, 2015 at 09:39 PM TexasJew Says:

There is no "hate" in Texas.

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 Feb 16, 2015 at 10:01 PM Mazal1 Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

We should all be grateful nobody was hurt.

The Koran was burnt and damaged, that's much worst

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 Feb 17, 2015 at 05:35 AM HeshyEkes Says:

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DougFische Says:

Nebech, the assistant Imam ooks so sad. It would be a real Kiddush Hashem if Yidden donated to help rebuild the structure.

Your post is obviously "tongue-in-cheek"; no one could possibly believe that we should embrace our enemies who are perpetually killing Jews while trying to eradicate all of us. And the concept of returning love for hate is Christian dogma, not Jewish.

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 Feb 17, 2015 at 04:31 PM Rafuel Says:

Under-Imam, how does it feel when pigs come home to... you?

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