Michigan

Authorities identify teen suspect in fire at Michigan mosque

  • In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, police tape surrounds the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti which caught fire Saturday, March 11 in Ypsilanti, Mich. Authorities said they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in the fire that destroyed the mosque.   (Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP)

    In this Sunday, March 12, 2017 photo, police tape surrounds the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti which caught fire Saturday, March 11 in Ypsilanti, Mich. Authorities said they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in the fire that destroyed the mosque. (Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, March 11, 2017 photo, ATF police officers walk out of the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti, which caught fire, in Ypsilanti, Mich. Authorities said they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in the fire that destroyed the mosque.  (Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP)

    In this Saturday, March 11, 2017 photo, ATF police officers walk out of the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti, which caught fire, in Ypsilanti, Mich. Authorities said they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in the fire that destroyed the mosque. (Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, March 11, 2017 photo, ATF police officers gather to talk outside of the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti, which caught fire, in Ypsilanti, Mich. Authorities said they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in the fire that destroyed the mosque.  (Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP)

    In this Saturday, March 11, 2017 photo, ATF police officers gather to talk outside of the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti, which caught fire, in Ypsilanti, Mich. Authorities said they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in the fire that destroyed the mosque. (Matt Weigand /The Ann Arbor News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say they've identified a 16-year-old boy as a suspect in a fire that destroyed a mosque in Michigan.

The Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety said in a statement that authorities are not investigating the fire as a hate crime. The statement says the decision followed a "thorough review of evidence and investigative information."

Saturday's fire destroyed the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti in the Washtenaw County community of Pittsfield Township. An investigation involving police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI identified the teen as a suspect in that fire and another fire Feb. 27 at a vacant house.

Police say the teen and his parents cooperated with investigators. The Ann Arbor News reports he has been released from custody, pending charges.