Daylight Reveals Heavy Fire Damage to Duluth Synagogue

Associated Press Contributed to this report
Updated: September 09, 2019 04:52 PM

An early-morning fire tore through a synagogue in Duluth Monday morning. 

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Duluth fire crews were called to the Adas Israel Congregation on East 3rd Street shortly around 2:30am to the report of the fire. Smoke and fire could be seen coming out of the Orthodox Jewish synagogue.

The fire department said that the first crews found a storage room on the east side of the building on fire.  They began fire attack on both the shed and church building.

Then, a call of Mayday came for a down firefighter who was struck by falling debris. The department said he was rescued from the balcony level, and taken to St. Luke's. He has been treated and released. No other injuries have been reported.

Additional staff was called in. According to a press release, conditions changed, and crews were ordered to exit. Then a portion of the roof collapsed. The teams started using defensive operations. Then a front exterior wall collapsed, and fire caused the west wall to collapse.

The fire was knocked down before 6:00 a.m. Crews are still on scene, as of 9am.

The Fire Marshal is now on the scene investigating the cause of the fire. Duluth police, Mayo Clinic Ambulance, and Minnesota Power were on hand to assist.

Many fire companies responded, that off-duty personnel were called in to help cover the city.

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


Associated Press Contributed to this report

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