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New evidence recovered at Duluth synagogue fire site

DULUTH, Minn. (KBJR) — Duluth police say they have recovered new evidence at the scene of a fire that left a Duluth synagogue in ashes early Monday morning.

During a press conference at Duluth City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said he could not share what the new evidence is, but he added that they have quadrupled the number of officers investigating the incident at the Adas Israel Congregation Synagogue at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue East.

The fire, which broke out around 2:30 a.m. Monday, injured one firefighter who was hospitalized and then later released for injuries after debris fell on him.

According to Deputy Fire Marshal John Otis, the cause and origin of the fire have still not been determined.

Otis said steps have been taken since Monday to demolish parts of the building which were leaning, and debris has been taken off of the streets in the area.

Community members are being asked to avoid the area.

Tusken says the Alcohol Tobacco Fire and Explosive team from St. Paul was again on the scene Tuesday morning, and went on to say during the new conference that hundreds of hours of surveillance video will need to be reviewed.

Tusken said as of now, there is no indication that there is a threat to other places of worship.

In addition, Tusken said interviews have been done with many people in order to help gather information, since there are many apartments which may have had a vantage point of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF tipline, which is 1-888-283-3473.

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