NEW YORK CITY: Huge fires rips through historic, landmarked synagogue on Lower East Side

A massive fire tore through a landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side on Sunday night, appearing to cause major damage.

Business Insider  The fire was reported at 60 Norfolk Street, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Orange flames and thick smoke billowed from front of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue — a 167-year-old building on Norfolk St. near Essex St.

The blaze, which started at 7 p.m., quickly spread to three alarms, as people watched the flames from blocks away.

It’s not yet clear if anyone was inside the building when the blaze began. Firefighters are on the scene, but the roof of the building has reportedly collapsed:

The building was built in 1850 as a Baptist church and was used as an Orthodox synagogue from 1885 to 2007, when it was closed by the congregation. Here’s what it looked like: