Firefighters put out blaze at NY synagogue

July 12, 2011 08:30


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NEW YORK - Firefighters battled to put out a fire that erupted at a synagogue in the Upper West Side on Monday night injuring five people and causing serious damage to the building.

The conflagration broke out at Kehilat Jeshurun shul located on 125 East 85 Street between Lexington and Park avenues around 8:30 p.m. and was put out about two hours later.

“As many of you are already aware, we have suffered a serious fire in the synagogue tonight,” Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the head of the modern Orthodox congregation wrote in an e-mail. “Thank God, no one was in the building at the time, and no person was hurt.  The Sifrei Torah were not inside.  The synagogue, however, appears to be extensively damaged."

The rabbi wrote a team of five marshals were currently trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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