French Synagogue burns; French officials say it's a "Spontaneous Combustion"

The International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com) reports that a synagogue mysteriously started to burn in France:

Fire heavily damages a suburban synagogue

(PARIS) A fire broke out at a synagogue outside Paris early Sunday, causing heavy damage to the building, firefighters said.

Nine people living in apartments above the synagogue in Saint-Mande, east of Paris, were treated for smoke inhalation, firefighters said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

The authorities increased security at Jewish religious sites last year after a wave of attacks at synagogues, Jewish schools and cemeteries.

Currently, the official take of the French government is that there is no hostility and violence towards Jews in France. It's amazing, these French synagogues just magically and spontaneously combust.

Thanks to "Merde in France" for the news item. I copy below an article describing the same magical spontaneous combustion (in French) from Yahoo France.





Incendie dans une synagogue près de Paris
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/
030216/5/31vzk.html

Dimanche 16 février 2003

PARIS (AP) - Un incendie d'origine indéterminée s'est déclaré dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche dans une synagogue de Saint-Mandé (Val-de-Marne), selon les pompiers. Une dizaine de personnes qui se trouvaient dans des logements dans les étages supérieurs ont dû être évacuées, et neuf d'entre elles ont été légèrement intoxiquées par les fumées.

Une enquête a été ouverte pour déterminer les causes du sinistre.

L'incendie qui a pris peu avant 0h30 a été rapidement maîtrisé, mais les dégâts sont importants: le hall et la cage d'escalier ont été détruits par le feu, a précisé à l'Associated Press un porte-parole de l'état-major des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris.

Quelque 80 pompiers venus de casernes du Val-de-Marne et de Paris, appuyés par trois lances incendie, ont été dépêchés sur place pour combattre les flammes. Des élus de la commune et les responsables de la synagogue se sont également rendus sur les lieux du sinistre.

La synagogue se trouvait au rez-de-chaussée d'un immeuble de quatre étages, situé avenue Robert-André-Vivien, non loin du bois de Vincennes. Les étapes supérieurs abritaient des logements et les chambres d'un foyer. Lorsque les pompiers sont arrivés, des habitants paniqués appelaient à l'aide aux fenêtres.

Saint-Mandé est une commune limitrophe de Paris, à l'est de la capitale. AP

Posted by David Melle
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Comments

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Posted by: Scott at February 22, 2003 07:23 AM


Nothing but armed 24-hr guards and video cameras for all synagogues will stop the Jew haters.

Posted by: Larry Jacobson at February 24, 2003 08:05 PM


Religion...and all the homes of God Should be left out of any political conflict Synagogues...Churches, Temples and Mosques alike... and the french authorities should put more effort behind finding the real causes of these accidents obviously!

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