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LGBT Community Center Torched By Arsonist In Dallas

Dallas firefighters are saying that someone intentionally started a two-alarm fire at an LGBT resource center in South Dallas Friday morning.

The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature, and was set at some point at the rear of the building,” he said.

The facility is operated by Abounding Prosperity, Inc. Representatives for the organization said the facility is heavily damaged and will affect the services that can offer to people in the community. Services included HIV testing, programs and other resources for the QPOC – LGBT community.

Abounding Prosperity, Inc. was founded in November 2005 with the express purpose of responding to social and health disparities that continue to have a devastating impact on Black men and their families in Dallas County. Our mission: to provide services to address health, social and economic disparities among Black men with a particular emphasis on gay, bisexual and male to female Transgender individuals.

Firefighters said they responded to a call about the fire at the center in the 1800 block of Peabody Avenue at about 6 a.m. They extinguished the fire within an hour.

No injuries were reported.

Dallas Fire-Rescue investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call them at 214-670-4312.

 

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