Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue was burned down on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

The landmarked building, built in 1850, was vacant at the time of the fire. It had been closed since 2007 because of low membership, according to Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum.

The Beth Hamedrash Hagodol congregation, which began using the synagogue in 1885, is the oldest Orthodox congregation of Russian Jews in the United Stations, the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy said.

The remnants of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue a
The remnants of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue a day after a 3-alarm fire destroyed the 167-year-old house of worship on the Lower East Side, Monday, May 15, 2017. The building was built in 1850. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
The Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue at 60 Norfolk
The Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue at 60 Norfolk St. was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the flames, the FDNY said. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Investigators on Monday found a surveillance video of
Investigators on Monday found a surveillance video of kids seen fleeing the area of the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue near the time of the fire, according to the NYPD. (Credit: Charles Eckert)

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The fire ripped through the landmarked building, constructed
The fire ripped through the landmarked building, constructed in 1850 and shuttered 10 years ago, and took nearly two hours to bring under control, authorities said. (Credit: Charles Eckert)