A mosque in Joplin, Missouri was ablaze again early Monday morning. It was the second fire at the mosque in the past five weeks.
While arson was suspected in the first fire, the latest fire’s cause is still unknown.
But the damage is clear: The mosque, which was vacant when the fire started, has been destroyed along with the security cameras.
Authorities were called to the Islamic Center of Joplin around 3:30 a.m., according to local television news station KSNF.
In a news conference, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office told TPM that the ATF and FBI will be involved in investigations on the fire.
“The building was completely destroyed; along with the security cameras,” Jasper County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sharon Rhine said in an email. “We don’t know at this time if it was arson.”
The first fire, in July, occurred around the same time as this fire. It was contained on the roof and the Jasper County Fire Department quickly extinguished it. Later on, the FBI stated that video obtained from security cameras showed “an unidentified white male walking up to the building and throwing an ignited object onto the roof.”
A still image of the man was obtained from the video, and the FBI and ATF were offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Authorities are unable to tell whether the second fire was started by the same man.
“We’re still waiting on a determination on what the cause of the fire was,” spokesperson Bridget Patton said.