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The sprinklers at the Daarus Salaam Mosque had been activated, a company representative told Bondogji, who serves on the mosque's board.
Bondogji arrived to find firefighters dousing a small fire in front of one of the entrances of the mosque at 15830 Morris Bridge Road.
Within hours, investigators confirmed the fire had been deliberately set.
"Whoever did this maybe intended to discourage us not to be part of this community," Bondogji said at a news conference later Friday morning. "But this makes us stronger than before, than ever, because of the huge amount of support and solidarity we are receiving. We are part of this community and we will stay."
Firefighters responded to the fire alarm at 2:10 a.m., said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Corey Dierdorff. A single engine arrived and quickly put out the fire.
No injuries were reported.http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/fire/overnight-fire-at-thonotosassa-mosque-under-investigation/2314359