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Officials battle fire at mosque in New Haven

May 12, 2019
In this photo provided by Lina Biroscak, a fire burns at a mosque, Sunday, May 12, 2019, in New Haven, Conn. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. (Lina Biroscak via AP)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have responded to a fire at a mosque in New Haven.

New Haven fire officials say the blaze broke out Sunday afternoon at the mosque on Middletown Avenue.

Fire officials tell WTNH-TV that one person was inside the Diyanet Mosque when flames erupted near the entrance. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were injuries.

The TV station reports worshippers had been fundraising for years to build the mosque and construction was not finished.

Photos from the scene showed flames shooting out above a door. Fire officials say the fire was on the first floor and extended onto the second floor.

NBC Connecticut reports that firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour.

The cause wasn’t immediately clear. Fire officials say state police will investigate whether it was suspicious.