Donations to help rebuild Texas mosque destroyed by fire surpass $1 million

UPDATE: Donations that will go toward rebuilding a mosque in Victoria that burned down Saturday have now surpassed $1 million, according to the cause’s GoFundMe page. At this point the donations have passed their initial goal of $850,000 by nearly $200,000.

EARLIER: Nearly $900,000 has been raised to help rebuild the mosque that was destroyed by a fire in Victoria Saturday, according to a GoFundMe page.

Victoria firefighters respond to a fire at the Islamic Center of Victoria on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Victoria, Texas. The early-morning fire Saturday destroyed the mosque that was a target of hatred several years ago and experienced a burglary just a week ago. (Barclay Fernandez/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

Victoria firefighters respond to a fire at the Islamic Center of Victoria on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Victoria, Texas. The early-morning fire Saturday destroyed the mosque that was a target of hatred several years ago and experienced a burglary just a week ago. (Barclay Fernandez/The Victoria Advocate via AP)

The page, which was created the same day as the fire, had estimated the total rebuilding costs “based on rough engineering estimates and the original cost of construction” to be around $850,000. In just one day that amount was met and surpassed by donors. The page has been shared nearly 89,000 times on Facebook.

The Facebook account for the mosque posted asking for recommendations for demolition companies earlier today.

According to the Victoria Advocate, the cause of the fire remains undetermined but is being investigated. The mosque’s spokesman asked that the public not “politicize the situation.”

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