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"He's so connected to the community. He is a strong part of the minyan, a very religious, really hard-working guy."
When the rabbi returned with water bottles to check on his congregants he discovered that two families had already lost their homes to the flames.
Firefighters and Jerusalem Police were able to quickly bring the fire under control.
Police and security forces operated in the area along with firefighting crews as well.
Officials are now looking into the cause of the rash of fires around the country.
It's not yet clear what started the fires in so many different locations on Sunday, but it has been especially hot and dry in Israel for the past week or more.
It took hours to bring the flames under control and prevent the fire from reaching the weapons storage facilities.
"This is not the first time that Arabs have damaged the door leading from the street to the compound."
Many homes were burned down in the pyro-terrorist attacks.
The alleged arsonist, an elderly man who was mentally ill, said he hadn't intended to kill anyone.
The terrorist was badly wounded but remained conscious and was treated at the scene. A Carlo Gustav submachine gun was found in his car.
The suspects were arrested for stoning, firebombing and pipe bomb attacks on Israeli drivers.
Arab terrorists firebombed a building housing two apartments belonging to Jews in a Jerusalem neighborhood. Miraculously no one was physically hurt.
A 5-alarm fire spread like lightning, totally destroying a building in Queens, NY that stood for generations and housed 14 businesses.
The blaze at the refinery and its storage tanks represents one of Israel's worst nightmare scenarios.
Three Arab pyroterrorists were taken into custody and turned over to the military prosecutor's office after an investigation of several weeks.