Bellevue Police and Fire investigators continue to look into the cause of a suspicious fire that damaged a vacant mosque in Bellevue Wednesday afternoon, March 22. Around 4:27 p.m. yesterday, Bellevue Police and Fire responded to a report of a fire at the Islamic Center of Eastside, located at 14700 Main Street in Bellevue. The building had previously been damaged by an arson on Jan.14, 2017, and was vacant and without power or natural gas.
Firefighters extinguished the flames and got the fire under control quickly. Bellevue Police investigators, assisted by investigators with the Bellevue Fire Department, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, , Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are working collaboratively to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Bellevue Police are asking for the public’s assistance in this investigation. Anyone with video of the fire scene is requested to send that information to the Bellevue Police Department at PDTipline@bellevuewa.gov.
Anyone with information about the cause of this fire is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or make an online tip by going to www.crimestoppers.com. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charges or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.