Texas firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire Wednesday evening at the Torah V’Chesed Orthodox Sephardic Synagogue in Houston.

Dozens of Jews were learning Torah at the synagogue when the fire broke out at around 9 pm local time Wednesday night.


Police rushed into the building when they saw the flames on the roof of the building, and evacuated everyone.

Several of the members of the congregation tried to run back into the building to save the Torah scrolls, but they were stopped by the firefighters, who went into the fire instead, and brought out the fire Torahs.

Two of the Torah scrolls were damaged by water. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Rabbi Avraham Yaghobian thanked the firefighters and police for their bravery.

It’s not yet clear what started the fire.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.