According to officials with the New Haven Fire Department, the flames sparked at Diyanet Mosque at 531 Middletown Avenue.
Firefighters said one person was inside when flames erupted from near the entrance – spreading to the second floor.
Because this is a house of worship and given the current cultural climate, New Haven’s fire chief said Connecticut State Police will be called in to investigate whether or not anything is suspicious.
This is customary given the recent number of attacks on places of worship around the country.
Worshipers said they’re heartbroken. It took five to six years to raise the money to build this mosque, and construction wasn’t finished.
There has been no word on what caused the fire to start.
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