Arrest made in California mosque fire

In this image made from video provided by KMIR-TV, firefighters battle flames at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs, a mosque in Coachella, Calif., just east of Palm Springs, early Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The fire was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured. Its cause is under investigation. (KMIR-TV via AP) TV OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT

COACHELLA, Calif. (NEWS10) — Police have arrested a suspect linked to a southern California mosque fire.

Officials say 23 year-old Carl James Dial Jr. was arrested late Saturday and faces charges of committing arson, a hate crime, and burglary.

The fire was reported just after noon Friday at the Islamic center of Palm Springs.

Firefighters were able to contain it to the small building’s front lobby and no one was injured.

The mosque is about 75 miles from San Bernardino, where last week a couple inspired by Islamist extremists killed 14 people.

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