2-alarm fire breaks out at Brooklyn synagogue

A two-alarm fire ripped through a more than 100-year-old synagogue in Seagate Thursday.



It happened just after 12 a.m., and flames may have started on the roof.



"Basically the whole sanctuary is lost," says Rabbi Chaim Brikman, of Congregation Kneses Israel on Nautilus Avenue, although officials say they managed to save the Torah scrolls inside.



As the fire raged, one neighbor ran inside to retrieve the scrolls.



"We have to save the Torah; this is more important than the building," says Howard Londner, a congregant at the synagogue.



No injuries were reported, but community Seder and Passover programs have been interrupted. Members say they plan to move scheduled events to a nearby property.



"I am so proud of our community," says Rivkah Brikman, the rabbi's wife. "At this time with the Passover holiday, we will definitely take the message, and we will pull together."



The cause of the fire has not been determined.


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