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Fire damages store of Rochester man facing terrorism charges

Store owner Mufid Elfgeeh is accused of plotting to kill local returning American soldiers.
By Brooks Hays   |   July 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 14 (UPI) -- Late Sunday night, firefighters in Rochester, New York, responded to a report of heavy smoke emanating from MoJoe's, a corner store and restaurant on North Clinton owned by a local man currently jailed on terrorism charges.

Fire officials say they are still trying to determine what caused the fire. Until then, the fire is considered "suspicious."

It took first responders nearly an hour to break into the business and tame the flames. There were no reported casualties, but the fire apparently did significant damage to the building -- the store had been closed and boarded up more than a month.

MoJoe's is owned by 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh, who was arrested in May and accused of planning to kill American soldiers returning home. He's being held without bail.

Elfgeeh was taken into custody in a parking lot outside Walmart after attempting to procure firearms and silencers from an FBI informant.

The store where the fire broke out Sunday has previously been searched by FBI agents.

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