Less than two weeks after the Victoria Islamic Center went up in flames, officials have determined it was arson.
The Houston field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the state fire marshal’s office, the Victoria fire marshal and the Department of Public Safety began an investigation after the Victoria Fire Department put the fire out Jan. 28.
According to an ATF news release, the fire engulfed the building and caused $500,000 in damage.
“The investigative agencies have classified the fire as incendiary, or intentionally set,” according to the news release. “At this time, the evidence does not indicate the fire was a biased crime.”
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SOURCE: USA Today; Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, Julie Garcia