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Sullivan County, NY - Fire Causes Major Damage At Upstate NY Yeshiva

Published on: March 16, 2012 11:15 AM
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The burnt down building this morning.The burnt down building this morning.

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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 Mar 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Nebech, what a terrible fire.


 Mar 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM ALLAN Says:

Although the fire was terrible and damage was extensive, it is a miracle that almost everyone was out of the building even if it was for the sad purpose of mourning Rabbi Hager. The fire went to five alarms and huge fire resources in Sullivan County were employed. Fire Departments thru-out the county had to be moved around inorder to protect the areas from which the various departments came. Everyone should give thanks for the efforts of those who volunteer and for the fact that no lives were lost.


 Mar 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM mendoza Says:

was that the old homawack hotel ?


 Mar 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
mendoza Says:

was that the old homawack hotel ?

No...That's closer to the town of Woodbourne. This Yeshiva is closer to the town of Fallsburg.


 Mar 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM viznitz Says:

Reply to #3  
mendoza Says:

was that the old homawack hotel ?

no, it was the gibbers hotel.


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