Santa Ana Jewish temple damaged by fire

Firefighters respond to a fire at Temple Beth Sholom in the 2600 block of North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
February 15, 2014 4:30:40 PM PST
Flames ripped through the kitchen of one of Orange County's largest Jewish temples Saturday morning.

The fire broke out at about 6 a.m. inside a structure at Temple Beth Sholom in the 2600 block of North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana. The second-alarm blaze was declared under control by firefighters by approximately 7 a.m.

According to the temple, the fire broke out in the kitchen, and damage was contained to that area.

Temple president Lynn Matassarin posted a message on Facebook that all temple events have been canceled or postponed due to the blaze.

"At this time we have not been granted access to the buildings except to remove the Torah scrolls," Matassarin said. "Our insurance company has been notified and we hope to quickly commence the clean-up process to regain the use of our facility."

Temple Beth Sholom is Orange County's first Jewish temple, founded in 1943, according to its records.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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