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Here's How An Islamic Centre That Was Set Ablaze By Suspected Arsonists Replied To Internet Hate

The Quba Islamic Institute is having to be very tolerant right now.

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A couple of days ago the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston burned down. It's believed it was the victim of an arson attack.

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Here's a little exchange in the comments to this post that's subsequently gone viral.

Trolling fail of the day.
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Trolling fail of the day.

It was far from the only bit of internet hate the centre received.

According to the Daily Kos, a retired firefighter who still volunteers for Crystal Beach Fire and Rescue posted a status that advised those battling the blaze to "Let it burn...block the fire hydrant."
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According to the Daily Kos, a retired firefighter who still volunteers for Crystal Beach Fire and Rescue posted a status that advised those battling the blaze to "Let it burn...block the fire hydrant."

Crystal Beach Fire and Rescue has denied that the man in the Daily Kos story is a member of the department. In a statement posted to its website, the service said:

"There have been recent post on social media from someone stating they are a member of our Fire Department and post hate messages against the Islamic Community.

Please know that this person, Dustin Herron, is not a member of the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Dept; nor has he ever been a member of our fire department. Mr Herron has posted on numerous social media sites that is a member of our fire department.

We are in the process of trying to track down Mr. Herron regarding the comments he made. We have also notified the Galveston County Sheriff Dept. regarding Mr Herron falsely stating he is a fire fighter within our organization.

We have received many e-mails regarding his recent social media post and comments. Please know that our Volunteer's give 100% effort 100% of the time."

According to ABC13, an accelerant was used in the fire, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for it to be investigated as a hate crime.

The station reported that a masked man had been lurking around the property earlier in the week, and had to be chased away.

No one was hurt in the blaze, although $100,000 of damage was done.

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The Washington Post has reported that anti-Muslim hate crimes are five times higher than they were before 2001.

Some commentators have blamed right-wing media for stoking up tensions.
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Some commentators have blamed right-wing media for stoking up tensions.

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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