Sullivan County, NY - Fire Causes Major Damage At Upstate NY Yeshiva
Sullivan County, NY - Authorities say a five-alarm fire has caused major damage at a yeshiva complex in upstate New York.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/z2sIL1 ) firefighters spent several hours battling the blaze Thursday in the three-story structure in the Sullivan County town of Thompson, 80 miles northwest of New York City.
Assistant Monticello Fire Chief Marc Friedland tells the newspaper the fire spread quickly through dorm rooms and there was damage throughout the building.
The religious school is in a former hotel now owned by the Rockland County-based Viznitz sect.
Friedland says all the students were away on a field trip and the only person in the building was a staff member who got out safely.
The fire was reported at about 7 p.m. The cause is under investigation.
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