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Teen arrested after fire rips through Manhattan synagogue

Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue went up in flames on Sunday. (@NYRRT)

Updated, May 17, 9:52 a.m.: A teen has been arrested in connection to a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side Sunday night, police said.

“The 14-year-old male was charged with arson. The investigation is ongoing,” the NYPD told Metro.

According to PIX 11, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Tuesday that a surveillance video showing several teens fleeing the area around when the blaze began was under review, but police have not identified any other suspects at this time. 

Original article: May 15, 12:41p.m.: The cause of a fire at a historic Jewish synagogue is under investigation by the New York City Fire Department.

Flames spread through Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, a synagogue on the Lower East Side at Norfolk and Broome streets, on Sunday just after 7 p.m.

No one was inside at the time of the 3-alarm fire, which reportedly destroyed the interior of the synagogue. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while bringing the blaze under control.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The synagogue is some 167-years-old, was built in 1850 as a Baptist church and converted to a synagogue in 1885, and is believed to be the nation’s oldest Russian Orthodox Jewish congregation, the Daily News reported. 

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