As storage building at Islamic Center burns, firefighter tweets: “Let it burn, block the hydrant”

On Friday morning, part of the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston went up in flames, (but not the Islamic school or mosque, just a back storage building) and local firefighters spent just an hour battling the blaze before extinguishing it.

A minor fire that did no real damage to anything but a storage building

A minor fire that did no real damage to anything but a storage building

The building set ablaze, which stored religious books, was completely destroyed, and came after the center’s staff chased off a masked man from the premises earlier this week.

Houston officials believe the fire was set intentionally, (perhaps by a Muslim?) and many are calling for this to be investigated as a hate crime. Unfortunately, the hate which likely ignited this fire wasn’t just contained to the blaze, for as news of the fire spread, a retired Houston-area firefighter who still volunteers for Crystal Beach Fire & Rescue posted the following:

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