Lower East Side's historic Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue destroyed by fire

The FDNY said it is still trying to determine the cause of the 7 p.m., three-alarm fire, which left the 167-year-old house of worship destroyed from top to bottom with an entirely collapsed roof.

In NY there was a large fire in the oldest synagogue in Beth Ha-Midrash ha-Gadol, which is located in Manhattan.

"They didn't call me", he told JewishPress.com, "I got a call from the neighbor, not the fire marshals". No civilians were rescued from the building, and no civilian injuries were reported.

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"Everybody's in shock", Greenbaum, whose father-in-law was rabbi for many decades before him told the Lo-Down. "For us, besides a community tragedy, it's a personal family tragedy as well".

The New York Fire Department said the cause of the fire is being investigated, but they can not confirm whether it was an act of arson or not.

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The ceiling and walls of the synagogue came crashing down onto the first floor of the building, burying it under 15 feet of rubble, according to FDNY Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich. It took at least two hours for firefighters to bring the blaze under control, and it burned for several hours afterwards, according to reports.

Firefighters stayed at the scene through the night to keep an eye out and extinguish any pockets of fire.

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