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Historic synagogue in Minnesota destroyed by fire

2019-09-09

One firefighter was injured as a devastating blaze destroyed a historic synagogue in Minnesota early Monday.

The fire started at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth at about 2 a.m., according to Assistant Chief Clint Reff. Fire crews were later ordered to leave the building after a second alarm was called and the fire continued to grow, according to officials.

“Upon their exit, a portion of the roof collapsed, and the Department transitioned to defensive operations,” the Duluth Fire Department said. “At that time the front exterior wall collapsed.”

Fire crews were still at the scene at 9 a.m. on Monday.

No one was seriously injured, but a firefighter was rescued from the balcony level after being struck by falling debris. He was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

The Orthodox/High Conservative Jewish congregation has a membership of 75 people. Construction of the synagogue was completed in 1902, according to The Associated Press.

The Duluth Fire Marshall’s office is looking into the cause of the fire.