A Texas mosque has been torched in a raging fire
The blaze broke out at the Islamic Centre of Victoria, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A clerk spotted the fire at 2am as smoke and flames billowed out of the building.
Firefighters arrived on scene and battled to get the fire under control for four hours.
Shahid Hashmi, the Islamic Center’s president said: “It [the building] looks completely destroyed.”
According to reports, the centre’s Imam was awake in the early hours of Saturday morning and checked the surveillance cameras at the mosque.
He saw that the building was on fire and realised that the alarm had been deactivated.
Mr Hashmi added: “It's sad to stand there and watch it collapse down, the fire was so huge.”
It is not known who or what started the fire at the 17-year-old mosque.
An investigation has been launched by The Texas Fire Marshall’s office along with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions to determine the cause of the blaze.
Mr Hashimi said: "We don’t have any lead or information as to what started the fire and what happened.
"So I’m sure it’s going to be a few days, they told us, before they can come up with any answers for us.”
The blaze broke out at the Islamic Centre of Victoria, in the early hours of Saturday morning
Firefighters arrived on scene and battled to get the fire under control for four hours
A Go Fund Me Page that was set up to re-build the mosque has already received £132,024 ($165,677) in donations.
The fire came during heightened tensions gripped the US as it deals with the fallout from the president’s ban on people travelling from Muslim countries.
The so called “Muslim ban” came into affect on Friday after Mr Trump signed an executive order to prevent people from mainly Islamic countries from entering America.
smoke and flames billowed out of the building as the fire took hold
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US border control is now forced to turn travellers away from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Yemen and Somalia over the next 90 days.
It includes green card holders and visa-holders from those seven countries who cannot return to the U.S. for 90 days.
Syrian refuges have also been banned from the country indefinitely.
A series of protests have broken out at American airports in protest at the ban.
"No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here," crowds chanted.
A series of protests have broken out at American airports in protest at the ban
And, a federal judge in Brooklyn issued a nationwide, emergency stay on Saturday night to allow people with a valid visa to remain once they've landed in the US.
In the UK, an online petition has garnered 61,454 signatures (as of writing) urging the British government to bar President Trump's upcoming visit to England.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has slammed the ban and says she disagrees with it.
Shocking moment thugs set fire to a mosque in Essex
Thu, January 12, 2017
The men initially tried to break into Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre in Essex by throwing bricks and kicking the door. But when that failed the pair, believed to be intoxicated at the time, set fire to the plastic corrugated roof on the building. After starting the fire they fled the scene at around 2.30am on Sunday (8/12), as melted plastic dripped down and the fire spread. The centre's secretary Sikander Sleemy said: "I think they had a drink or were drunk, just by the way they were walking and the fact that the pubs closed just before.
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