Police are hunting suspected arsonists after a mosque was targeted for the third time in a year.
The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre has also had two pig’s heads thrown into it and had people urinating outside in a spate of vile attacks.
More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at the mosque, which broke out at 11:40pm on Sunday.
Flames could be seen coming from the roof of the building, lighting up the sky and surrounding houses.
A spokesman for the centre said there was no one inside at the time, and that they received a call in the night to say ‘it was being attacked’.
The exact cause of the fire is yet unknown but fire investigators are expected to start work on the scene on Monday.
GMFRS confirmed: “We were called at 11.43pm to Newton Heath to reports of a fire. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway.”
A spokesman for GMP told the Manchester Evening News: “The fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation has been launched by GMP and GMFRS.”
In 2014, a minibus the centre uses to ferry young and elderly visitors to the mosque, was torched.
Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, secretary, says this is the third such major fire incident in a year.
She says people have also urinated outside and two pigs’ heads have been thrown into the mosque during worship.