- Associated Press - Sunday, August 29, 2010

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that damaged at least one construction vehicle at a Tennessee site where a new mosque is being built.

Federal investigators won’t say whether they believe the fire early Saturday was intentionally set at the suburban Nashville project, which has faced vehement opposition.

Still, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro said the fire has frightened the area’s Muslim community.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Eric Kehn said Sunday the investigation was still in an early phase. The FBI and local sheriff also are investigating.

The center has been in the community for decades, and the new facility represents an expansion. Opponents, while citing traffic and parking issues, also have implied the center would be a haven for terrorists.