Duluth officials announce arrest of suspect in synagogue fire

Updated: September 15, 2019 08:14 PM

Duluth officials announced the arrest of 36-year-old Duluth resident Matthew John Amiot in connection to the fire that destroyed Adas Israel Synagogue early Monday morning.

In a press conference, officials announced the arrest after a week long investigation into the cause of the fire. 


Officials say that the fire began on the outside of the synagogue on the east side at around 2:20 a.m.

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Firefighters were able to save eight of the congregation's Torahs however the building was destroyed. 

The investigation interviewed witnesses and looked at surveillance video which led to Amiot as a suspect. On Friday it was determined that there was enough evidence to arrest Amiot on probable cause of 1st-degree arson. 

At this point the arson is not believed to be a hate crime.

The investigation into this fire is still ongoing.

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