No suspects in California synagogue arson
A Sacramento firefighter inspects damage to the library of the B'nai Israel synagogue
June 22, 1999
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SACRAMENTO, California (CNN) -- FBI agents and other law enforcement officials are still interviewing witnesses and sifting through tremendous amounts of potential evidence in three arson attacks against California synagogues last Friday.
No one was injured in the fires, but the total damage was estimated at nearly $1 million.
The investigation is being coordinated by a task force comprised of more than 100 agents and officials of the FBI, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Sacramento police and fire departments.
There are no suspects in the case, which investigators have classified as a hate crime, partly because of pamphlets found at two of the fires blaming the "International Jewsmedia" for the crisis in Kosovo.
The fires, two of them started in libraries attached to the synagogues, occurred in the pre-dawn hours and were reported in a span of 35 minutes.
California Gov. Gray Davis and Andrew Cuomo, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, planned on Tuesday to visit B'nai Israel, the synagogue that suffered the most extensive damage, estimated at $800,000.
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