More than 100 firefighters are reportedly battling a massive blaze at a synagogue in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
According to Pix 11, the blaze began at the Russian Jewish synagogue – Congregation Beth Hamedrash – around 7 p.m. The outlet, citing the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), states that the blaze quickly grew into a 3-alarm fire in the historic building.
Several people close to the blaze have tweeted photos and videos of it.
One tweet reports that the building’s roof has collapsed.
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Another video shows just how fierce the flames are inside the building.
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Several photos show just how large and visible from afar the smoke plume us.
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Business Insider reports that the synagogue was first constructed in 1850 as a Baptist church and was used between 1885 and 2007 as an Orthodox synagogue.
In 2008, the congregation reportedly closed the building.
As of writing, the blaze’s cause does not appear to be known.
A FDNY tweet from 8:50 p.m. reports that the fire is under control.
FDNYalerts MAN 3-ALARM 60 NORFOLK ST, FIRE IN VACANT SYNAGOGUE, UNDER CONTROL
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