Fire Destroys Historic Lower East Side Synagogue

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UPDATE:  Fire at historic synagogue in LES Manhattan is being investigated as a suspicious fire, per multiple law enforcement officials.

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan –– Firefighters battled fire at a historic synagogue in lower Manhattan Sunday evening that sent smoke billowing across the skyline, FDNY said.

The blaze began at Congregation Beth Hamedrash on 60 Norfolk St. in the Lower East Side around 7 p.m. It quickly grew to a 3-alarm fire inside the abandoned building, according to the FDNY. The fire was placed under control less than three hours later.

Fire officials say no one was hurt in the fire.

The Synagogue was built in 1850 and closed in 2007.

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