Police Question Suspect in Mosque Firebombing

Officials in Coachella, California, say the fire was intentionally set and may be the result of a hate crime.
1:49 | 12/13/15

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person of interest in a firebombings at a mosque there. Investigators say it was a hobble ha possible hate crime. ABC's aditi Roy reporting in from the scene tonight. Reporter: Inside the blown-out door of this southern California mosque, the charred lobby, barely recognizable, after a fire authorities believe was arson and are now arresting 23-year-old Carl dial for a possible hate crime. Commercial structure fire with battalion 6-a on scene. Reporter: The blaze erupting just past noon yesterday, after eye witnesses say a firebomb was hurled at the mosque's front door. There's a huge plume of smoke. Mushroom cloud. Reporter: Several inside managing to escape as the lobby caught fire. Worshippers later moved prayers to the sidewalk. When you look at this, what goes through your mind? Sadness, actually. It's a family place. It's a social place for us. We just have to work on rebuilding it again. Reporter: The islamic society of the Coachella valley mosque is just 75 miles from San Bernardino. The fire, one of several incidents that officials are investigating, as possible backlashes to those terrorist shootings. In all, there have been three times as many cases of vandalism and harassment at mosques this year than last. Says the council on american/islamic relations. In Philadelphia, surveillance video of a pig's head thrown at a mosque. Threatening voicemails left at a mosque in St. Louis. Come my way and I'll You all. Cut your Head off. Reporter: Are you worried about other attacks happening? We are concerned about other attacks. The answer is yes. Reporter: The acting Imam here tells me it is unclear how long it will take them to rebuild. Meantime, they are doubling security and reassuring families here that they are safe.

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