A Fire Was Deliberately Set At Peterborough Mosque

***UPDATE: A Peterborough Mosque Community Support Facebook page has been set up to show community support, and help the mosque rebuild (about $80,000 damage was done).

**UPDATE No. 2: A direct link to the fundraising page to help this mosque restore their place of worship can be found here.

**UPDATE No. 3: Statement from Peterborough MP Maryam Monsef...

"I am deeply concerned about the fire that took place at the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association’s mosque in Peterborough during the evening of Saturday, November 15, 2015.  My thoughts are with the families who visit the mosque for prayer every week, and I hope that the facility will be open for prayer again soon.

The Peterborough Police Service has advised me that they continue to investigate this incident along with the Peterborough Fire Service and the Ontario Fire Marshall, and I hope that residents will join me as I wait to hear the result of their work before commenting further. I know that they will conduct a very thorough investigation into this matter and I thank them for their exemplary service to our community.

The Peterborough Police Service has also advised me that it appears the fire was deliberately set. I wish to take this moment to remind us all that Peterborough-Kawartha is a warm and generous community. We have a proud history as a welcoming and friendly place to live, just as it was when my family arrived here 20 years ago. I know that the residents of Peterborough-Kawartha will be as upset as I am about this incident, and that together we will continue to demonstrate that these sorts of incidents are in no way reflective of our community as a whole."



On Saturday night (November 14th) at approximately 11:12 p.m., the Peterborough Fire Service responded to a report of a fire at 784 Parkhill Road in the City of Peterborough—the location of the Masjid Al-Salaam Mosque.

Police were asked to assist the fire service and attended the scene. The Ontario Fire Marshall is currently on scene. It has been determined that the fire was deliberately set and pending the results of the OFM investigation, police will not be releasing further details.

Offences such as this committed in relation to a place of Worship are taken very seriously and the Police Service will make every attempt to determine who is responsible. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Police of Crimestoppers.

Police spread the word and let's catch who did this despicable act.

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