(LOS ANGELES) — Authorities say they believe a fire at a mosque in Southern California was deliberately set and potentially resulting in a hate crime.
In a news release issued late Friday local time, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department added that a person of interest was located and detained pending a further investigation into the fire at the Islamic Society of Palm Springs in Coachella, California. The fire was contained to the lobby, but there was damage from smoke throughout the house of worship, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
The FBI’s Los Angeles branch was investigating the fire, officials said.
The bureau investigates when houses of worship may have been targeted.
There were no reports of injuries.
The Islamic Society could not immediately be reached for comment.
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