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Sat Dec 26, 2015, 03:04 AM

Mosque catches fire in southwest Houston

Smoke rising from across the parking lot of a southwest Houston strip center caught Abdul Hafiz's attention as he sipped a cup of tea and chatted with friends at a restaurant Friday afternoon.

The source was the Savoy Mosque, where Hafiz had finished his afternoon prayer a bit earlier. Hafiz and a few other men rushed over to the mosque, banging on the glass door as thick, dark smoke billowed around them.

"Thank God there was no one inside," Hafiz said.

It took about 80 firefighters to extinguish the two-alarm blaze that began around 2:45 p.m. at the small mosque, a storefront in the Savoy Plaza, near Wilcrest Drive and West Bellfort Avenue. Arson investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

Members of the mosque said images from several digital surveillance cameras in the worship center had been turned over to investigators. Although they hope it was not a case of arson, members said they were baffled about what might have caused the fire. It is only about three years old and well-maintained, they said.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mosque-catches-fire-in-southwest-Houston-6721038.php

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Sat Dec 26, 2015, 10:04 AM

1. I fear that Islamaphobia is running rampant in Texas

I hope that this was not a case of arson but I have seen examples of Islamaphobia in Texas

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Sat Dec 26, 2015, 11:53 AM

2. Islamophobia needs to be stamped out

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