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August 7th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Joplin Islamic Society spokeswoman discusses the suspicious fire that burned mosque to the ground

This morning, the investigation into a suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, Missouri continues.

Investigators from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Jasper County Sheriff's department were at the scene of the fire all day Monday, combing through the wreckage searching for evidence of arson.

This was the second fire to hit the Islamic Center in little more than a month after a man attempted to set the mosque on fire on July 4th.

Although that man has still not been identified, his image was caught on surveillance camera and authorities are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges from the FBI.

Islamic Society of Joplin member and spokesperson Kimberly Kester discusses the fire with Zoraida Sambolin on Early Start this morning, stressing that although the mosque has received threats in the past, the members of the center "don't want to jump to any conclusions or lay blame on anyone."


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