Fire ravages New City synagogue

A fire that was apparently caused by downed power lines destroyed the West Clarkstown Jewish Center.

It took dozens of firefighters close to two hours to put out the blaze, which started after a tree brought down in Monday night's storm struck a power line shortly before 9 p.m. Fire officials say the high-tension wire hit the roof of the synagogue, setting the building ablaze.

Members of the congregation praised the firefighters' efforts, including the rescue of the synagogue's three Torahs.

Herb Boxer, a trustee on the congregation's board, says several synagogues had already contacted him, inviting New City worshipers.

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