Synagogue burns down in overnight fire in Duluth

One firefighter was injured by falling debris.

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A synagogue in Duluth was destroyed by an overnight fire, with the blaze rapidly spreading and causing an injury to one Duluth firefighter. 

KBJR posted video of the massive blaze to Facebook early Monday morning, with Duluth Fire Department confirmed that a storage shed and building for the Adas Israel Congregation located at 302 East 3rd Street in downtown Duluth caught fire. 

Firefighters responded to the scene at 2:23 a.m., and at one point while trying to control the flames, a firefighter called for Mayday after being struck by falling debris on the balcony level of the building. 

The firefighter was transported to St. Luke's Hospital and later released. 

The fire then rapidly spread through the synagogue, forcing fire crews to evacuate the interior. A portion of the roof then collapsed, followed by a collapse of the front wall of the building and a collapse of the west wall. 

Firefighters were still on scene as of 9 a.m. Monday and the Duluth Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. 

The Adas Israel Congregation has been in Duluth since the 19th Century and is the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the Twin Ports area. 

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