Arson suspect arrested in connection with Duluth synagogue fire

DULUTH (KBJR) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested following what they say was arson Monday at Adas Israel synagogue in Duluth, Minnesota.

According to the Duluth Police Department, a news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday regarding the arrest, as well as the end of the fire investigation.

Fire officials say the blaze gutted the historic synagogue.

Firefighters responded to the fire at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth about 2 a.m. Monday.

All that was left among the charred remains were the remnants of some structural walls. Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Brent Consie says it “is pretty much a total loss.”

Authorities said one firefighter who was struck by falling debris was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

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.

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

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