FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Latest on the fire at the Florida mosque that was attended by the Orlando nightclub shooting gunman. (All times local):

2:10 p.m.

A leading Jewish group that combats bigotry is condemning a fire set at a Florida mosque that authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime.

Hava L. Holzhauer is Florida regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. Holzhauer released a statement Monday saying the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce’s congregation should know that it is not alone.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Maj. David Thompson says given the circumstances — the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and the beginning of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha — officials believe the intentionally-set fire could be a hate crime.

Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen once attended the mosque. He opened fire on the gay nightclub June 12, killing 49 and injuring 53. Mateen’s father attends the mosque.


12:40 p.m.

Authorities say the circumstances surrounding a fire at a Florida mosque suggest it could be a hate crime, but they are still trying to verify that.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Maj. David Thompson also says the fire early Monday caused “extensive” damage to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce.

Thompson says surveillance video shows a “white or Hispanic male” walking toward the building carrying a bottle containing liquid and some paper. He soon ran from the mosque, just before a big flash came from the building. He left on a motorcycle with a low seat and high handlebars.

Thompson says given the circumstances — the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and the beginning of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha — officials believe the intentionally-set fire could be a hate crime.

Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen once attended the mosque. He opened fire on the gay nightclub June 12, killing 49 and injuring 53.


11:55 a.m.

The Florida director of an Islamic advocacy group says it’s disconcerting that a mosque was set on fire on one of the two biggest holidays on the Muslim calendar, Eid al-Adha.

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz is Florida’s director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He decried what he called escalating violence directed at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, where Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen once attended. Mateen opened fire on the Pulse nightclub June 12 in a rampage that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. His father attends the mosque.

Ruiz noted that after the shootings the center received threatening voicemails. Then people driving by splashed water on people leaving Friday services. In July, a member was beaten outside the mosque.

He says they’ve hired private security, and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has given mosque officials a direct line to contact the agency so they don’t have to call 911.

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7:25 a.m.

Authorities in Florida say a fire at the mosque that was attended by the gunman in the Orlando nightclub shooting is being investigated a as a possible arson.

In an update on its official Facebook page, The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said surveillance video shows someone approaching the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce moments before a flash was seen and the fire started early Monday.

The mosque was attended by Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Multiple agencies, including the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI, are investigating. Sheriff’s officials say they’ll be releasing the video and asking for the public’s help in identifying the person seen in the video.


6:25 a.m.

Authorities in Florida are investigating a fire at a mosque that was attended by the gunman in the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting.

Maj. David Thompson of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office told a news conference officials received a report around 12:30 a.m. Monday about a fire at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

The mosque was attended by Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Thompson says it’s too early to tell if the fire was an accident or was intentionally set. He also declined to speculate on whether the Sunday anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks played a role in the fire.