Austin Hearth Department investigates fireplace at synagogue

The hearth at Congregation Beth Israel has been put out and no injuries have been documented. Investigators are working to identify a lead to at this time.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire at a synagogue off Shoal Creek Boulevard Sunday night,

In accordance to a tweet from the hearth division, the hearth at Congregation Beth Israel on 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd. was a “compact exterior fireplace” and has been put out. No accidents ended up reported. 

Arson investigators are responding to support with determining a result in, the office reported. 

The Austin Police Department claimed it is responding to the scene to aid with targeted visitors command. The police section stated it could not comment at this time about irrespective of whether or not they would perform their possess investigation into the incident.

In accordance to the synagogue’s website, the congregation formed in Austin in the late 1870s when the metropolis was only a couple decades aged and the Jewish inhabitants a tiny fraction of those people residing in the smaller city. Component of the building standing at the locale now was designed in 1956 and has experienced added wings and buildings constructed or remodeled since then. At this minute it is unclear in what building exactly the fireplace transpired in.

The fire at the synagogue comes just a 7 days following an anti-Semitic banner was displayed over TX-Loop 1. Metropolis leaders considering the fact that then condemned the incident, saying the message has no location in Austin. Shalom Austin identified as the incident “particularly upsetting and unsettling.”  

At this time, nonetheless, it remains unclear if the hearth at Congregation Beth Israel was someway linked to the recent anti-Semitic functions as investigators have not joined them jointly at this time. out?v=09BNGZqpgco

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