Contact Us

Mosque Destroyed by Fire in Joplin, Missouri; Arson Suspected

A fire at the mosque of the Islamic Society of Joplin, Missouri destroyed the house of worship on Monday, August 6.  Federal agents are investigating the blaze, which appears to have been started intentionally.

The mosque, which has been vandalized numerous times in the past, opened in 2007 and served about 50 families in the area.  The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has already issued a $15,000 reward for information about an incident from July 4, where someone threw a fiery projectile into the building.  According to CNN, the members of the mosque have seen an “outpouring of support” from the citizens of Joplin.

Joplin television station KOAM TV 7 captured this video of the aftermath of the blaze:

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste told NBC news:

If this fire is determined to be deliberate in nature it will be investigated to the fullest extent possible.  Any act of violence to a house of worship is taken very seriously by law enforcement and threatens the very core of the safety and security that our communities enjoy.

If the fire is ruled an arson, the $15,000 reward from the July 4 incident would extend to the August 7 fire as well.  The Council on American Islamic Relations is offering $10,000 for information leading to the cause of the August 7 fire as well.

We will bring you more details on this story as they become available.

Best of KSIS Radio

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSIS VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSIS VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.