May 25, 2007 / 4:21 PM / 12 years ago

Probe in Geneva synagogue fire focuses on accident

GENEVA (Reuters) - Geneva police said on Friday an electrical accident could have sparked a fire which destroyed the Swiss city’s largest synagogue, but they did not completely rule out arson.

Police spokesman Philippe Cosandey said it would take several days to get laboratory results from material picked up at the scene by investigators who combed the charred ruins of the Hekhal Haness synagogue on Friday.

“We are leaning towards the accident theory, but we are keeping open both hypotheses,” he said.

No one was injured in the pre-dawn fire on Thursday which broke out in part of the empty 1970s synagogue which housed an electricity transformer, according to police who had initially suspected arson.

No group has claimed to have caused the blaze and Cosandey said there had been no threats against the Jewish community in Geneva. No anti-Semitic graffiti was found at the scene.

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