Detectives have launched an investigation after a fire destroyed the Ulfah Arts Centre in Birmingham.
Emergency services were called to the blaze just after 5am yesterday (20 May) in Highgate Square.
Police are treating the incident as arson with intent to endanger life as the fire threatened to spread to residents living in flats above the centre.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Agar, from Birmingham East Police, said: “The motive for the blaze is unknown, however we are aware of a malicious letter sent to the centre earlier this month. We are investigating this as a hate crime and, although apparently unconnected, we will explore any links between the two incidents.
“We have increased patrols in the local area and I would like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to find those responsible.”
Detectives are trawling CCTV from the local area and forensic experts have examined the building for evidence.
Meanwhile, anyone with information about either incident should contact detectives on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.