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FDNY: Fire that Broke Out at Manhattan Synagogue Under Control

Newsday - May 15, 2017

by Rachelle Blidner

A large fire broke out at a historic and shuttered building on the Lower East Side Sunday night that had been used as a synagogue, the FDNY said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 60 Norfolk St. on the Lower East Side after a call came in at about 7 p.m., the FDNY said.

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No one was injured, the FDNY said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Gothic structure was originally built in 1850 as a Baptist church. It later served as synagogue for the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Orthodox Jewish congregation for more than 120 years. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

The synagogue was closed in 2007 after a separate fire destroyed the roof and caused structural damage, according to a fundraising website for the synagogue.