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November 30, 2018  RSS feed
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Houston synagogue fire investigated as arson

(JTA) – Arson investigators in Houston are trying to determine what started a fire in an Orthodox shul.

The fire started on Wednesday evening, Nov. 28, at the Torah Vachesed synagogue, while dozens of members were inside for a study session, the Houston Chronicle reported. Police deputies who were in the area entered the synagogue in southwest Houston after seeing flames on the roof of the building. They ordered everyone out.

Several members of the synagogue attempted to run back into the building to rescue the Sephardic congregation’s Torah scrolls. But firefighters prevented them from doing so and instead went back themselves to bring out the five Torah scrolls. Two of them sustained some water damage, however, according to the report.

No one was injured. Some of the people studying in the synagogue say they heard an explosion before the fire started.


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