An-early-morning fire in a Lakewood Yeshiva left a Sefer Torah R”L destroyed and the building totally gone.
The fire started just before 3:00AM at Yeshiva Chayei Olam on Faraday, and by the time the Fire Department had arrived, the entire building was fully engulfed in flames.
The Sefer Torah had been inside a safe which unfortunately had fallen through the floor when the building collapsed. The Sefer Torah was removed smoldering and totally destroyed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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That picture of the sefer is a bizayon hatorah. Please take it down.
I actually think it is a kidush hashem the way the likely non Jewish fireman is carrying it out with care.
avadah, shivrei luchot require kevurah. they are hardly a bizayon. ask your LOR.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. I think that picture shows a fireman (not necessarily a yid) holding the sefer torah with treat respect. The article doesn’t say if the yeshiva building had an operating sprinkler or other form of fire suppression system.
Correction: “great respect”
People should clamor to understand what caught fire. I spent years in Yeshiva; was it an overloaded extension cord, a cable installed wrong, or perhaps a phone or charger caught fire.
Sadly, many fires are later found to have had a simple, preventable origin.