A man was arrested in connection with a fire that burned a mosque in a desert city east of Los Angeles on Friday.
Carl James Dial Jr., 23, was taken into custody at around 9 p.m. Friday and booked on five felony charges, including arson, second-degree burglary and commission of a hate crime, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
The fire was reported around noon at the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley at 84650 Avenue 49.
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The flames were contained to the front lobby of the 1,800-square-foot building, but there was smoke damage throughout the structure, officials said.
Video showed damage to the building's entrance. No injuries were reported.
A bomb squad was called in to investigate, as well as the FBI.