TAMPA - A Thursday morning arson fire at a local Islamic school and prayer hall has authorities wondering whether a hate crime was committed.
The Islamic Education Center of Tampa, which is tucked away on a leafy street off
Memorial Highwayand George Roadin , was empty around 10:00 Thursday morning when firefighters responded to reports of a blaze. After a gasoline-fueled fire was put out, all that remained inside the building were bits of burnt prayer rugs, and scorched copies of the Qu'ran. The building remained standing, having survived the fire... but little else did. Hillsborough County
On Friday, April 13, the Tampa office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) will hold a news conference to announce a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists who torched a local mosque.