Berlin police say mosque fire likely negligence

Exterior view of the Mevlana mosque in Berlin,

Exterior view of the Mevlana mosque in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Police say a fire at the mosque in Berlin may be the result of arson and they are looking into a possible political motive. Police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer said Tuesday that a new extension of a mosque in Berlin's immigrant Kreuzberg neighborhood went up in flames late Monday. Braemer said there were no injuries, but the extension, which was still under construction, was destroyed and the original mosque building was also damaged by the flames. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Credit: AP)

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BERLIN - (AP) -- Police say a fire at a mosque in Berlin was probably the result of negligence rather than arson.

The blaze occurred Monday night in an unfinished extension of a mosque in Berlin's immigrant Kreuzberg neighborhood.

Police spokesman Klaus Schubert said Tuesday that an initial probe found no evidence of arson.

Schubert said police are focusing on negligence "but our investigation isn't over yet."

Nobody was injured in the fire, which partially destroyed the extension and caused some damage to the original mosque building.

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