LOWER EAST SIDE — More than 100 firefighters scrambled to douse a massive blaze in a historic, unoccupied synagogue on the Lower East Side on Sunday evening, according to the FDNY.
The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. inside the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue, at 64 Norfolk St. on Sunday, an FDNY spokesman said. Videos showed flames shooting out of the front of the building, which has been empty for years.
Smoke rises above Manhattan as firefighters battle a blaze at a synagogue. Courtesy of Hayley Richardson
The Synagogue in LES is on fire right now 😳 pic.twitter.com/lN5PMjvvf8— the calms. (@kpierrephoto) May 14, 2017
About 140 firefighters brought the blaze under control by midnight, an FDNY spokesman said.
Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries, officials said.
The Department of Buildings issued a violation to the synagogue’s owners in 2011 citing collapsed ceilings, and the violation remains open more than five years later, records show.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, officials said.