Minnesota Police Charge Man With Arson In Connection With Fire That Destroyed 119-Year-Old Synagogue


September 14, 2019 9:38 pm

A man was arrested Friday in connection with a fire that destroyed a 119-year-old synagogue, Minnesota authorities said.

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Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth, about 155 miles northeast of Minneapolis, caught fire early Monday morning. The fire left the synagogue in ruins, but WCCO reported that firefighters were able to save several religious relics including eight Torah scrolls.

The man was identified as Matthew James Amiot, 36, who was booked on a first-degree arson charge, according to Sgt. Matt Donnelly with the St. Louis County Jail. Amiot will appear at St. Louis County court in Duluth on Monday.

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