Fire Destroys Influential Mosque in the Bronx
A fire that ripped through several stores in the Morrisania section of the Bronx - including a grocery store - has also damaged a prominent mosque.

Members of the West African Muslim community are cleaning up debris from the fire that destroyed the Islamic Cultural Center Thursday night. The flames reportedly erupted around 11 p.m. inside the grocery store on East 166th Street and quickly spread to the adjoining businesses. It look firefighters several hours to get the flames under control.

Three firefighters were rushed to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, officials said.

The fire comes nearly three years after another fire in the community - that claimed the lives of 10 people - including nine children. The mosque also held funerals for the victims of the Highbridge fire in March 2007.

Officials at the religious institution are making arrangements to close down streets in the area so worshippers can celebrate final Ramadan services.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.