Pensacola News Journal, Tony Giberson, Associated Press
The American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Fla., remains closed Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, after being damaged by fire early Sunday morning. The state fire marshal's office says federal investigators will join an investigation into the suspicious fire that gutted the Florida Panhandle abortion clinic.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — An abortion clinic that burned in Florida on New Year's Day has been in the crosshairs of the anti-abortion movement for decades.

The American Family Planning clinic has been the scene of bombings, shootings and other violence since 1984. Things have calmed down in the past 15 years, but on Sunday, the building burned.

Authorities say the fire is suspicious and they are investigating whether it was intentionally set. No one was injured.

Speculation about what happened started almost as soon as the fire began.

Thomas Blomberg, Florida State University's college of criminology dean, says he believes there is a fringe group in Pensacola that takes great exception to the clinic because he has never seen repeated acts like the ones at the clinic.