Mayor: Evidence of Incendiary Device Found in Mosque Fire

May 14, 2019 - 1:02 pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP & WTIC 1080) — A Connecticut mayor says authorities have found evidence that an incendiary device or material was used to start a weekend fire at a mosque.

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating Sunday afternoon's blaze that damaged two floors of New Haven's Diyanet Mosque as arson .

Mayor Toni Harp says in a statement Tuesday that if it's proven the fire was intentionally set, the city will "bring all resources to bear to bring in those responsible for the attack." She did not detail what the incendiary device was.

Authorities have offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has said it is offering a $10,000 reward, as well.

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut has set up an online fundraising page to help with mosque repairs, which had just under $57,000 in pledges as of noon Tuesday.

The fire occurred during the Holy Month of Ramadan.