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More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at the B’nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael synagogue on Patchen and Greene avenues in Bed-Stuy at about 9:10 a.m. No injuries were reported.
The fire is not being labeled an arson and the man charged is believed to be a worker who accidentally started the fire.
Crews were on the roof working with torches when the blaze broke out and police spoke with some of those workers at the precinct, WABC reported.
Firefighters managed to retrieve several Torah scrolls from the synagogue.