Home Portland Press Releases 2010 Mosque Fire Evidence to FBI Lab; FBI Offers $10,000 Reward

Mosque Fire Evidence to FBI Lab; FBI Offers $10,000 Reward

FBI Portland November 29, 2010
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

Note: Update to previous release.

The FBI is sending evidence recovered from the scene of an intentionally set fire at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis. The fire started at about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday. The blaze did substantial damage to the office of the Islamic Center, but because a Corvallis police officer noticed the fire early, fire crews were able to extinguish it before it spread to other areas of the building.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the tipline at (541) 766-6506 or send an e-mail to portland@ic.fbi.gov.

"We have made it quite clear that the FBI will not tolerate any kind of retribution or attack on the Muslim community," said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "We are working very closely with the leadership at the mosque. We will find the person responsible for this attack and bring the full force fo the federal justice system to bear. In the meantime, the FBI remains absolutely committed to protecting each and every American's right to live, work, and worship in a free and safe society."

The FBI is working with the Corvallis Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, and ATF in investigating this case.