A man who claims to be a firefighter in Houston, Texas, responded to the massive fire at a Houston Islamic Center. His took to his Twitter account to send out a hateful message which read, “Let it burn … block the fire hydrant.”
On Feb. 13, a portion the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston went up in flames. Firefighters spent more than an hour extinguishing the fire, but part of the building completely destroyed. According to reports, the blaze was estimated to have caused $100,000 in damage.
In response to the fire, alleged volunteer firefighter Dustin Herron sent out the now-controversial tweet and prompted Twitter users to speak out against the man’s hateful post.
A representative for the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department said that Herron was never affiliated with the department as he claimed on social media.
“There have been recent posts on social media from someone stating they are a member of our Fire Department and have posted hate messages against the Islamic Community,” the representative’s statement read. “Please know that this person, Dustin Herron, is not a member of the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Dept; nor has he ever been a member of our fire department. We are in the process of trying to track down Mr. Herron regarding the comments he made. We have also notified the Galveston County Sheriff Dept. regarding Mr Herron falsely stating he is a fire fighter within our organization. We have received many e-mails regarding his recent social media post and comments. Please know that our Volunteer’s [sic] give 100% effort 100% of the time.”
Twitter users called on Herron’s resignation. Obviously, this possibly wannabe firefighter will never be hired within the department.
Investigators suspect the fire was a result of arson. On Feb. 14, the FBI said it was monitoring the situation. Maybe investigators should have a good look at Mr. Herron to see what he was doing when the center was set on fire.
Such a nice man. He even has his own hashtag now, where one Twitter user even revealed his home address.
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