Fire rips through Manhattan synagogue

May 17, 2017, 12:45
Fire rips through Manhattan synagogue

Investigators on the scene working to find out why Beth Hamedrash HaGadol, the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in NY, was struck by a 3-alarm fire that badly damaged the historic landmark site. We were able to recover the video.

"The synagogue fire in the 7th precinct, we do think it's arson, a purposeful fire", said Boyce at an unrelated news conference in the Bronx on Tuesday, adding police were now seeking to arrest those responsible.

The Anti-Defamation League is weighing in on the reportedly massive fire that erupted at a historic Manhattan synagogue Sunday night.

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It took firefighters about two hours to bring the fire at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue on Norfolk Street near Broome Street under control.

The 1850 Gothic building served as a house of worship for the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, an Orthodox Jewish congregation, before it was closed ten years ago. The building was landmarked in 1967. The building had been abandoned in 2007 due to dwindling synagogue membership.

The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.

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"Everybody's in shock", Greenbaum, whose father-in-law was rabbi for many decades before him told the Lo-Down.

The fire was extinguished, but the synagogue suffered significant damage.

As recently as 2013, the congregation had considered demolishing the building altogether, before a change of heart kept it open.

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