Source: The Associated Press
On July 28, 2006 The Associated Press reported, "A fire destroyed a mosque in downtown Petersburg this morning. Fire officials don't know what caused the blaze that burned down the Petersburg Islamic Center. Petersburg Fire Captain Kevin Michalek says a passer-by called in the blaze at 4:10 a.m. and units arrived three-to-four minutes later and found flames already through the roof of the building. Michalek says there were no injuries. He describes the mosque as a one-story building constructed of office trailers set on a foundation. Michalek says they don't know the cause of the blaze, but it's under investigation."