As-salaamu ‘alaykum; peace be with you all.
Update on condition of ISSB at Ward Dr.
Last night a fire broke out somewhere in the building at 650 Ward Drive where the we currently hold our prayer services and community events. It appears to have started some time after 9 pm and fire crews were on the scene and worked throughout the night to get it under control. We are very thankful to all of the fire crews and police and first responders who continue to work at the scene.
A few things that we know:
- The cause is currently still under investigation however arson is not suspected.
- The fire began in an office on the north facing side of the building, we are on the southwestern corner.
- The fire did not seem to reach Suite H (where ISSB is located) but there is substantial smoke and water damage.
- The fire has weakened the structural integrity of the building and it is unsure whether future operations will continue at this location.
There are many news outlets covering this as new developments come out so please continue to check those for more up to date information.
We would like to express our thanks to the local community for the outpouring of support at this time.
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