News Lower East Side synagogue fire aftermath: Photos By amNY.com staff May 15, 2017 3:36 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert 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. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert 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. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert 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. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert 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. By amNY.com staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.