Community coming together following arson at New Haven mosque

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Thursday was the first time we were let inside the Diyanet Mosque since Sunday’s arson in New Haven.  News 8 has learned the damage is devastating and far worse than expected.

Prayer rooms were decimated, while walls and ceilings torched and collapsing.

Arson signs hang on the entrance to the mosque and around the Middletown Avenue neighborhood.

Officials believe the flames were intentionally set tore through the house of worship during the holy month of Ramadan, quickly spreading from the first floor upwards. 

The community and people of all faiths are strongly condemning hate.

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They came together Thursday night under one roof and pray for justice and an end to hate crimes we’ve seen at houses of worship nationwide.

“You’re going to push us to the ground but we’re still going to get back up,” said worshipper Hakan Uzun. “We’re not mad at you for doing it, but you know, it does hurt us.”

Six people were inside the mosque at the time of the fire, including three children. Everyone was able to make it out safely. 

The mosque had been under construction since 2010, and the work was just about finished.

Now, they will have to rebuild it all.

There are now two rewards totaling $12,500 for information leading to an arrest.

Senator Blumenthal and top New Haven leaders including the mayor, police chief and fire chief will be at the mosque on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. They will discuss funding for security measures at all houses of worship.

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