Fire at Yeshiva Keter Torah in Lakewood Believed to Be Arson


fire-lakewood-31[Exclusive photos below.] A fire that broke out just after 8 p.m. on Shabbos at Yeshiva Keter Torah, located at 613 Apollo Drive in Lakewood, NJ, has left a section of the building damaged.

 “Parts of the school cannot be used at this time,” said Detective Sgt. John Stillwell of the Lakewood Police Department.

The fire, which Stillwell has called “suspicious” is being investigated by the Lakewood Police Department, Ocean County Fire Marshall, Ocean County Prosecutors Office and the Sherriff’s Department Criminalistic Investigation Unit.

The building was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.

Lakewood Mayor Steven Langert believes the fire was an act of hate and called it “despicable and unfortunate. Hate should have no place in our society.”

Yeshiva Keter Torah is led by its rosh yeshiva, Rav Mordechai Dabbah. The menahel is Rav Tzvi Zev Schwartz.

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{Dovid Newscenter, with reporting by APP}