DULUTH, Minn (KBJR) – Saturday marked the first observation of Sabbath, a day of rest and and time for worship practiced by Jews, since a fire claimed a downtown Duluth synagogue.
Police announced an arrest in the case late Friday afternoon.
“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,” Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas said in a statement Friday evening. “We wish the Duluth Jewish community a peaceful and restful Shabbat as we continue to offer our full support.”
The fire at the Adas Israel Congregation broke out at the congregation Monday morning sometime before 2:30.
It took firefighters several hours to douse the flames.
All that’s left is a pile of rubble.
During a news conference earlier this week, Police Chief Mike Tusken announced the discovery of new evidence in the case, but would not say if authorities thought foul play was involved in the fire.
Tusken added police were reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance tape from nearby residences and businesses, and were trying to talk to witnesses.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting in the investigation, which is standard when fires break out in places of worship.