Fire At Mosque Attended By Nightclub Shooter Investigated

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating a fire at a mosque that was attended by the gunman in the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting.

Maj. David Thompson of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office told a news conference officials received a report around 12:30 a.m. Monday about a fire at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

The mosque was attended by Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Members of the Orlando City Fire Rescue  seen around Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The suspect was shot and killed by police after 20 people died and 42 were injured. (credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Members of the Orlando City Fire Rescue seen around Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The suspect was shot and killed by police after 20 people died and 42 were injured. (credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Thompson says it’s too early to tell if the fire was an accident or was intentionally set. He also declined to speculate on whether the Sunday anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks played a role in the fire.

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