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1:52 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (AP/KSDK) - Investigators haven't been able to pinpoint the cause of suspicious fire that destroyed a southwest Missouri mosque.

State and federal investigators said in a Thursday statement that for now, the cause of the Aug. 6 fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin is officially "undetermined." But they say the investigation remains open and the finding could change if new information comes forward.

The fire was the second at the mosque in a little more than month and investigators almost immediately deemed it suspicious. The first fire on July 4 was ruled as arson after a suspect was seen setting it on surveillance video. No one was hurt in either blaze and no arrest has been made.

It is too early for investigators to determine if the two fires are related.  Law enforcement is investigating the July 4 attempted arson, the identification of the suspect depicted in the surveillance video and the investigation into the August 6 fire.

The FBI and ATF is offering a $15,000 reward fo rinformatino leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the fire at this center on July 4, 2012.

An online fundraising effort has generated more than $400,000 to rebuild the center.

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