Fire destroys Black Hebrew temple in Chicago

(JTA) — A two-alarm fire destroyed a Black Hebrew temple on the South Side of Chicago.

The fire started Monday night in the House of Israel Temple of Faith and spread to apartments located on the second story of the building, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Firefighters rescued a senior citizen and a woman in a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis from the apartments.

The original congregation was founded in 1965. Black Hebrews is a sect whose followers believe they are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.

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