Fire At Historic Lower East Side Synagogue Was Deliberately Set, Police Say

The blaze which started at 7 p.m. quickly spread to three alarms as onlookers watched the flames from blocks away

A three-alarm fire seriously damaged a historic synagogue on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Firefighters responded to 60 Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side in NY around 7 p.m.

Surveillance video shows three young people running away from the area near the historic NY synagogue that caught fire Sunday and largely destroyed the building, according to police.

The fire at the 120-year-old synagogue building broke out on Sunday evening and burned for several hours.

The fire department has not yet weighed in on the cause of the fire.

It is reported that the synagogue Beth Ha-Midrash ha-Gadol built in 1850-ies, the Jews who arrived from Russian Federation. It is known that people have been coming and going from the building.

The building, an historic landmark site, has been empty for 10 years, NYPD spokesperson Detective Brown told JewishPress.com.

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"They gotta do their investigation", a spokesperson said. The synagogue was closed in 2007.

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

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

It took firefighters nearly two hours to get it under control.

Manhattan authorities are investigating a fire that started in an abandoned Orthodox Jewish synagogue.

Some advocated for the empty structure to be torn down while other groups, including one on Facebook, wanted to save it with some pushing for a major multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to restore the building in need of fix.

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