Two teenagers arrested on arson after London mosque fire

Two boys aged 14, 16 arrested on suspicion of arson attack after one of Europe's largest mosques caught fire

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Fire at Baitul Futuh Mosque, South London, September 26, 2015

British police arrested two teenage boys earlier on Sunday for a suspected arson attack after a fire damaged the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London.

The London Fire Brigade said that almost 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters were reported to tackle the blaze that blown up in the Baitul Futuh Mosque in the Ahmadiyya community in south London’s Morden district on Saturday.

Nearly half of the religious complex’s ground floor was on fire, along with parts of the first floor and roof, a London fire brigade spokeswoman said. Most of the damage was in an administration building, while the prayer site of the mosque wasn’t affected.

Rafiq Hayat, head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, announced that "by the grace of God the mosque is safe and unaffected and there were no injuries and no loss of life.”

Fire station manager Philip Morton remarked that this was a huge fire and his teams were struggling to decrease the spread of fire to other areas of the complex.

The destruction is a "big blow" to the Ahmadiyya Community said Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis.

The mosque was built by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to provide community members with a meeting complex with a 10,000 person capacity, the community has held social and religious events since 2003.

TRTWorld and agencies