New Haven mosque fire was intentionally set, investigators say


A two-alarm fire that heavily damaged a New Haven mosque over the weekend was arson and a federal criminal investigation is underway, local and state officials said Monday afternoon.

“This was intentionally set,” New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said. “Any time there’s an event like this in a house of worship, anywhere in the United States, it triggers a response of both the ATF, the FBI and state and local authorities. That has happened.”


The fire just before 4 p.m. Sunday at the Diyanet Mosque on Middle Avenue rendered the building uninhabitable at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which includes daily fasting from dawn to sunset and ends with the major holiday Eid al-Fitr.

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