Suspect arrested in fire in Historical Minnesota synagogue

Suspect arrested in fire in Historical Minnesota synagogue - us-canada

Authorities say a suspect was detained in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota.

Duluth police said in a press release that a news conference is set for 11 a.m. Saturday to discuss the investigation into the fire earlier this week in the Adas Israel Congregation in the city’s downtown.

Authorities didn’t immediately return a telephone message Friday left by The Associated Press.

Firefighters responded to the blaze about two a.m. Monday. A fire department spokesman says the construction “is pretty much a total loss.”

According to its website, the Adas Israel Congregation is an Orthodox/High Conservative Jewish congregation with a membership total of 75. Building of the synagogue was completed in 1902.

Eight of 14 Torah scrolls, the sacred books of Judaism, saved in the synagogue were stored.

Suspect arrested in fire in Historical Minnesota synagogue - us-canada

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