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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fire damages Philadelphia synagogue

Fire has ripped through a synagogue in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Investigators are examining what caused an early morning fire at a Philadelphia synagogue that took 45 minutes to bring under control.

WPVI-TV reported on its website Wednesday that the fire at the Raim Ahuvim synagogue in the city's Wynnefield area caught fire around 12:45 a.m. on the second and third floors of the building, with the flames spreading to the attic. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in less than an hour.

There were no injuries reported but the building suffered fire and smoke damage.

Investigators are looking for the cause of an early morning fire that has badly damaged a Philadelphia synagogue

The blaze broke out at about 12:45 Wednesday morning inside the Raim Ahuvim synagogue.

The building is on the 5800 block of Drexel Road in Wynnefield.

When firefighters arrived they saw flames spitting out of the windows on the second and third floors.

The fire quickly spread to the attic.

It took 45 minutes for firefighters to bring it under control.

There are no reports of injuries, but the building has suffered heavy smoke and fire damage.

Raim Ahuvim is an Orthodox congregation that holds prayer services twice a day.

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