- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP) - A Muslim civil rights group is joining calls for police to speed up their investigation into a suspicious fire at an apartment house owned by an upstate New York mosque.

Three people remain hospitalized following the April 22 blaze that displaced seven people.

Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski (zih-MAN-skee) says Friday he’ll call the FBI to investigate the fire as a possible hate crime if it’s ruled arson.

It was the second fire in a month at a Muslim-owned property in Lackawanna, which has a large Yemeni population. The first, at an unoccupied home, was ruled arson.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says investigators are taking too long to make an arson determination in the latest fire.

The community’s offering a $10,000 reward for information.

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