2017-03-01 / World News

Brooklyn matzah bakery heavily damaged in fire

A matzah bakery in Brooklyn was heavily damaged in a two-alarm fire.

The blaze broke out in the bakery owned and run by Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, the main synagogue of the Satmar Hasidic sect, in the Williamsburg section of the New York City borough. The bakery has made matzah there for 60 years, DNA info reported, citing city records.

The fire, first reported by the Yeshiva World News website, appeared to have been caused by a new wood-burning oven that had been used the prior day for the first time. The building did not have a sprinkler system in place near the ovens, according to reports.

The bakery’s specialty is handmade shmura matzah, the artisanal, disc-shaped matzah considered extra special because the ingredients are “guarded” against leavening before the wheat is even harvested. (JTA)

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