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Minnesota man arrested for allegedly torching 117-year-old synagogue

Added 09-15-19 09:18:02pm EST - “A Minnesota man has been arrested for torching a nearly 120-year-old synagogue, although police aren't calling the incident a hate crime yet, authorities said Sunday. Matthew J. Amiot, 36, wa?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Minnesota man arrested for allegedly torching 117-year-old synagogue”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Minnesota man has been arrested for torching a nearly 120-year-old synagogue, although police aren’t calling the incident a hate crime yet, authorities said Sunday.

Matthew J. Amiot, 36, was booked Friday on arson charges in connection with last Monday’s blaze, which decimated the historic Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth, Minnesota, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said at a press conference.

But at this point in the investigation, there is “no reason to believe this is a bias or hate crime,” Tusken said.

“That may change,” he said. “But at this point in time, that is the determination I have.”

Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said flames erupted around 2:30 a.m. outside the house of worship but “quickly spread through voids in the wall space and spread throughout the synagogue.”

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