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Two Places of Worship Targeted in Arson Attack

As a leading supplier of passive fire protection products such as intumescent and glazing Seals, Noberne Seals are passionate about fire safety up and down the country. When news of disastrous fires surface, it reminds us of the importance of accredited fire and smoke retardant products.

In two callous and insensitive arson attacks, there were simultaneous fires at two places of worship in South Leeds in the early morning hours of the 5th of June. According to reports, the front door of Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira (Beeston Central Mosque) on Hardy Street, Beeston was set on fire with what authorities are suggesting was a flammable liquid. Almost concurrently, front door of Sikh Gurdwara, the Guru Nishkam Sewak Jatha on Lady Pit Lane, Hunslet was set alight. Damage was caused to the door and a pillar; however, fire crews were able to contain the spread of any flames and smoke.

Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID,

Leeds District CID Detective Inspector, Richard Holmes commented:

“While our investigation is still at a relatively early stage, we do believe these premises have been specifically targeted as places of worship and we are treating both incidents as arson and hate crimes.”

It is also believed that the two incidents may be linked as targeted attacks, due to the similarity of their nature, location and time. More details on the incident can be found at the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Evidently, not all fires are accidental, and in heartless incidents like this there is little that the victims could do to prevent cruel individuals from causing potential harm to their safety. Communities should feel safe when visiting their place of worship, without fearing for their wellbeing.

Noberne Seals are accredited suppliers of fire rated seals; whilst they may not prevent targeted attacks, in the event of a fire they can delay the spread of flames and smoke which could buy valuable seconds in saving a life.

You can browse our range of batwing, glazing and smoke seals, in addition to pipe collars and ventilation covers on our website. Alternatively, give us a call on 0113 271 3266 if you have any more questions about our products.

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