New Brunswick, NJ – Fire That Destroyed Synagogue Appears To Be Accidental; One Torah Saved”

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    A couple stops to look at the burned shell of the Poile Zedek Synagogue from a fire Friday, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in New Brunswick, N.J.  Authorities say a fire that destroyed the historic New Jersey synagogue appears to be accidental. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)New Brunswick, NJ –¬†Authorities say a fire that destroyed a historic New Jersey synagogue appears to be accidental.

    The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office said Saturday a preliminary investigation shows the blaze was an accident and started on the first floor of the Poile Zedek Synagogue in New Brunswick.

    Authorities are investigating the cause. They say one sacred scroll was saved and no one was injured.

    The fire started Friday afternoon and was under control within hours.

    Fire Director Robert Rawls tells WABC-TV the building became engulfed shortly after firefighters arrived. Firefighters say they saved one Torah and the only person in the building escaped unharmed.

    The congregation’s website says the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. About 100 families belong to the Orthodox Ashkenazic synagogue.
    In this frame from video provided by WABC-TV, smoke and flames rise Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at the Poile Zedek, a synagogue in New Brunswick, N.J. According to the congregation's website, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. (WABC-TV via AP)

    A melted stained glass window is seen in the burned shell of the Poile Zedek Synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in New Brunswick, N.J.  Authorities say a fire that destroyed the historic New Jersey synagogue on Friday appears to be accidental. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    An investigator looks through the rubble in the burned shell of the Poile Zedek Synagogue on  Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in New Brunswick, N.J.  Authorities say a fire that destroyed the historic New Jersey synagogue on Friday appears to be accidental. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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    9 COMMENTS

    1. Ironic this happened on the eve of ” The Shabbos Project”.
      Pasuk 1:13 in Yeshayahu states: You shall no longer bring vain meal-offerings, it is smoke of abomination to Me; New Moons and Sabbaths, calling convocations, I cannot [bear] iniquity with assembly.
      Did Hashem vent his wrath on wood and stone again?

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