YERMO • Another fire flared up in Yermo on Monday on the same property where a Muslim man was killed in a fire in June.
There were no reported injuries from Monday afternoon's fire and no one appeared to be inside the building at the time of the fire, according to Yermo Chief Chuck Coats.
The building stood less than 100 feet from the residential building where local Muslim community leader Ali Mohammed was killed June 27 in a fire that is currently under investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department to determine whether it was hate-motivated arson and has even drawn the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The charred structure took firefighters from the Yermo and Marine Corps Logistics Base Fire Departments less than five minutes to put out, Coats said.
There was no way of knowing, at the time, if Monday's storage building fire and the fire on the same property less than two months ago that killed Mohammed were connected in any way, Coats said. However, officials from the San Bernardino County bomb and arson unit are investigating the incident, according Sgt. Robbie Ciolli.
The cause of the fire is unknown, Coats said. A transformer pole near the building that was burned will likely get replaced by Southern California Edison, he said.
Coats acknowledged there have been an unusually large number of fires in Yermo recently, saying that there had been three just in the month he was on vacation this summer.
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