Fire Destroys El Cajon Islamic Center

August 17, 2006

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 17, 2006 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, "A fire ripped through a mosque and community center early Thursday morning, destroying the building and causing more than $2 million damage. No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 2:09 a.m. at the Kurdish Community Islamic Center and Al-Madina Al-Munawara mosque on Magnolia Avenue, between Chamberlain and Camden Avenues, said El Cajon City fire spokeswoman Monica Zech. Firefighters from several agencies – including El Cajon, East County, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, San Miguel and San Diego – battled the three-alarm blaze, which officials believe started on the first floor in the center of the 2-story, 8,000 square-foot, brick and wood building. The fire was extinguished by 3:21 a.m., Zech said. No one was inside the building at the time and no one was injured. Firefighters were still mopping up four hours later... Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Sheriff's Department bomb and arson squad were looking into the cause of the blaze, Zech said. She said it was too early too say whether the fire was arson or accidental. The ATF is automatically called in to help investigate fires in places of worship."