NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- One building of the Yeshiva of Nitra complex in New Castle is being torn down Monday, after a Friday-night fire that raged through the building and reignited multiple times over the weekend.
The two-story building at the yeshiva -- an Orthodox Jewish rabbinical seminary -- was a total loss.
Up to 100 people were inside the building for Sabbath prayers, News 12 Westchester reported, but everyone was able to evacuate in time.
An array of local fire departments responded to the initial fire, as well as the flare-ups, including Mount Kisco, Ossining, Millwood, Croton-on-Hudson, Somers and Bedford Hills, according to a Sunday Facebook post by the Millwood Fire Co. No. 1.
Fighting the fire was complicated by the complex's location, at the top of a hill, as the Daily Voice reported Saturday, as well as a lack of a nearby water source, as the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department noted.
Herbert Fogel told News 12 he's managed the yeshiva for 42 years. He said he is trying to accept the events as God's will -- and hopes the building will be rebuilt in the next year or two.
Yeshiva students are currently being housed, and continuing to study, in another building in the complex, according to News 12. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.