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Texas Mosque Fire Sparks Outpouring of Donations

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A firefighter walks in front of the Islamic Center of Victoria on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Victoria, Texas. (Barclay Fernandez/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 08:40 AM

A Texas mosque destroyed by fire over the weekend could be rebuilt soon, after nearly $1 million was raised online to rebuild the structure.

A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for the Victoria Islamic Center two days after the mosque was ruined in the fire.

The GoFundMe page has received more than $950,000 from more than 20,000 people.

Victoria city spokesman O.C. Garza is calling the fire “suspicious,” Reuters reported.

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received,” mosque leaders said, according to Reuters. “The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American Spirit.”

“Our faith in humanity has been rekindled again,” the mosque said on Facebook, according to The Washington Post.

“The thousands of messages, prayers, and donations from all over the globe have been phenomenal,” mosque officials said.

Flames engulfed the mosque a little before 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Victoria Advocate.

Members of the congregation witnessed the blaze firsthand.

“It’s a house of worship,” Shahid Hashmi, president of the center, said as he witnessed the fire, accoring to the Victoria Advocate.

Firefighters arrived to the scene after 2 a.m.

Jeff Cowan, Battalion Chief of the Victoria Fire Department, said crew members didn’t find anyone in the building amid the fire.

The flames were eliminated by 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler, who was on the grounds during the fire, said he doesn’t know how the flames erupted, but will investigate the matter moving forward.

Investigators began working on the scene after the fire was extinguished, and as they did, congregation members prayed together across the street of the burnt mosque.

“They said it…is a restricted area for now for the investigation,” Hashmi said, according to the Victoria Advocate. “So, we just prayed right here on this” sidewalk.

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