Less than 24 hours ago, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim nations from entering the U.S. a mosque in Texas was burned down early Saturday morning.
Crews who responded to the Islamic Center of Victoria at 201 E. Airline Road about 2 a.m. found the building consumed in flames, the Victoria Advocate reports. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 6:30 a.m. and investigators began working, as members of the mosque started their first prayer of the day across the street from the destroyed structure, the Advocate reports. About 100 people are members of the center.No injuries were reported in the fire, in a town about 125 miles southwest of Houston.
“Many thanks to the Victoria Fire & Police Departments,” a Facebook post on the center’s page said. “These guys worked for hours trying to extinguish the fire. Prayers for you & your safety.”
A GoFundMe page has been launched by community member Omar Rashid for the rebuilding of the mosque. Currently, approximately $17,000 has been raised from nearly 300 people in just a matter of hours. The Islamic Center of Victoria is seeking $450,000 to rebuild.
The Islamic Center of Victoria at 201 E. Airline Rd is fully engulfed in fire. A clerk at nearby Exxon station said he called 911 abt 2 a.m. pic.twitter.com/yc9akLNfnq
— Jon Wilcox (@thrilcox) January 28, 2017
It’s the second mosque to burn down in Texas this month. On Jan. 7, a mosque under construction near Lake Travis in Austin was burned to the ground. The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said like that blaze, it would monitor the investigation of the Victoria fire.