CORVALLIS, Ore. - Fire officials said a blaze at a Corvallis mosque attended by the suspected Portland Christmas-tree bomber appears to have been 'intentionally set.'
Corvallis Fire Prevention Officer Carla Pusateri told KVAL News the fire happened at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center at 610 NW Kings Blvd. early Sunday morning.
Pusateri said the damage was limited primarily to one room but that adjacent rooms sustained light smoke damage. No one was injured.
KVAL News spoke with an imam at the Islamic Center. Yosof Wanly said he knew Mohamed Osman Mohamud as a student at the center. Wanly said Mohamud started attending the mosque about a year and a half ago, but that he came on an inconsistent basis.
"I knew him as a student," said Wanly. "He never discussed jihad and it's unfortunate because he is bringing attention to Islam in a negative way. It's unfortunate that this one individual brings negativity to the Islamic religion."
The following is a press release from the FBI.
The following is a press release from the Corvallis Fire Department.
At approximately 2:15 Sunday morning, a Corvallis Mosque located in the 600 block of NW Kings Blvd. was damaged by fire. The fire was discovered by a police sergeant patrolling in the area, and was quickly knocked down by arriving firefighters.
Two fire engines, one ladder truck and a command vehicle responded to the fire, which was extinguished within ten minutes.
The fire damage was limited to one room of the Mosque, with light smoke damage in the adjacent rooms. There were no injuries.
The fire appears to have been intentionally set. Anyone with information regarding the fire is urged to contact the Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6924 or the Corvallis Fire Department at 541-766-6961