Cops Are Investigating Lower East Side Synagogue Fire as ‘Arson’
Top officials at the NYPD announced last night that the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol fire was arson. The revelation was a slow leak, arriving one day after the 7th Precinct cited surveillance video allegedly showing three perps – two male, one female – fleeing from the house of worship as it went up in flames.
The fire is believed to have started inside the synagogue.
That said, an FDNY spokesperson was a little more cautious, noting that a cause is still under investigation.
Now that the word arson is being thrown around, it validates what many thought from the get-go. Especially considering that the 167-year-old landmark building at 60 Norfolk Street has been vacant and allegedly without utility hookup for a decade.
Meanwhile, the city’s Department of Buildings issued a full vacate order Monday. Plywood fence was erected last night, presumably in anticipation of cleanup. So far, though, there are now permits for any such job, nor demolition work. Not yet, anyway.