A clerk at a convenience store , who spoke to local media, reveal he spotted smoke and flames billowing from the Islamic Center of Victoria at around 2 a.m. and called the fire department. It took firefighters nearly four hours to extinguish the blaze.
Shahid Hashmi, the Islamic center’s president, said;
“It’s sad to stand there and watch it collapse down, and the fire was so huge,” “It looks completely destroyed.”
Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler asked for help from the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine what caused the blaze. Hashmi said authorities have told him it was too early to speculate.
The center director said;
“None whatsoever right now..
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.”