Joplin mosque razed in fire; 2nd blaze this summer

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Posted: Aug 06, 2012 12:02 PM
Joplin mosque razed in fire; 2nd blaze this summer

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A mosque in southwest Missouri has burned to the ground in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says the Islamic Society of Joplin center is destroyed after the early Monday blaze.

No injuries are reported and no charges have been filed.

About 50 families belong to the Islamic Society of Joplin, which opened in 2007 as a mosque and community center.

A blaze at the same building July 4 caused minor damage and was determined arson. No arrests were made and the FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in that fire. The agency released video footage of what appeared to be a man starting the July blaze.