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Mon Dec 28, 2015, 06:58 AM

Update - Cause of mosque fire in SW Houston declared 'incendiary'

Authorities have upgraded the investigation of a Christmas Day fire at a southwest Houston mosque to "incendiary" and cited multiple points of origin in the two-alarm blaze as suspicious.

"As part of the investigative process, evidence is being collected and analyzed; and interviews are being conducted," the Houston Fire Department said in a release Saturday. "We want to reassure the public that we will conduct a complete and thorough investigation."

Though the fire department's arson bureau is leading the investigation, HFD spokesman Ruy Lozano said, adding that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is assisting. "When we're looking at different occupancy types, such a religious facilities, it's good to bring them in as a partner."

Community leaders called for a throurough investigation.

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

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Mon Dec 28, 2015, 10:59 AM

1. Why do they avoid using the word 'arson' when it's a mosque?

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