Glasgow & West Scotland

Deliberate fire at Bishopbriggs centre used as mosque

Police are investigating a deliberate fire at a cultural centre that is used as a mosque by the Muslim community.

Fire crews were called to Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre, in Auchinairn Road, at about 02:15.

Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a lock-up area. Some damage was caused to the building but no-one was injured.

Police Scotland said the fire was being treated as wilful fire-raising and an investigation was under way. They have also appealed for witnesses.

Bishopbriggs Cultural centre is listed as a mosque on the Glasgow Muslims webpage.

Joint investigation

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A joint Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service investigation is under way into the cause and circumstances of the fire.

"This is still at a very early stage but it is being treated as wilful fire-raising."

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and rescue service said: "We received a 999 call shortly after 02:15 this morning, reporting a fire at a building in Auchinairn Road in Bishopbriggs.

"We immediately sent two appliances from Bishopbriggs and Springburn fire stations and crews reached the scene about seven minutes later.

"They found a small fire within a lock-up and two firefighters in breathing apparatus extinguished the fire."

The spokesman added: "Our crews left the scene at around 03:30 this morning, however, specialist officers later attended to assist Police Scotland."

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