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Demolition begins on Mount Kisco yeshiva razed by fire

Officials say destruction had to begin soon because of concerns about the building collapsing

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Mount Kisco yeshiva damaged by fire to be demolished 

A yeshiva school building in Mount Kisco is being demolished Monday following a raging fire that rekindled three times over the weekend. The fire destroyed the building and displaced dozens of students.

The building, which stood in Mount Kisco for over 70 years, was a total loss following a Saturday morning fire that broke out while more than 60 people were inside for Sabbath prayer.

Everyone made it safely but the flames engulfed the building, destroying the yeshiva.

Herbet Fogel, an emergency services health manager and member of the community says now demolition crews had to move fast as the building collapsing was a concern.

The building is still seeping with smoke and the Mount Kisco Fire Dept. chief said that there are many small pockets of fire among the wreckage.

In the meantime, a yeshiva school official says the students will be attending class in a building next to the yeshiva.

Demolition crews are still working to tear the building down and the Mount Kisco Fire Dept. says they will remain on scene in case any of those pockets of fire spark back up again.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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