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Arrest made in connection to Duluth synagogue fire

Arrest made in connection to Duluth synagogue fire Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: September 13, 2019 07:38 PM

According to a release from the Duluth Police Department, a suspect has been arrested in connection to a synagogue fire in Duluth. 

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The fire occurred early Monday morning and destroyed Adas Israel Synagogue in the Central Hillside neighborhood. 

The synagogue housed an Orthodox/High Conservative congregation of 75.

Police announced a press conference will be held Saturday morning regarding the arrest, but later moved the press conference to Sunday morning.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:

"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) appreciates the investigation by the Duluth Police Department in conjunction with the Duluth Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives leading to an arrest in connection with the fire at Adas Israel Congregation.  We also appreciate officials recognizing the need to move the press conference to Sunday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m., in observance of Shabbat.

"We became aware of the arrest heading into Shabbat and will continue working with the Duluth Police Department to inform the Jewish community of the nature of this arrest as the investigation continues. We will await issuing further comment until charges are filed.

"We wish the Duluth Jewish community a peaceful and restful Shabbat as we continue to offer our full support."

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