Delaware Public Media reported that the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office ruled the fire that heavily damaged the UD Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Newark was Arson. Although officials say there is currently no evidence of a hate crime, the investigation is still on-going. Alumni set up a GoFundMe. As of Monday, it has already received more than 8,500 donations totaling close to $500,000. The Chabad Center set a goal to raise $1 million to rebuild a new space with double the capacity of the previous one. Students would gather at the Chabad Center to study, socialize, relax and enjoy Shabbat Dinner on Friday nights.
Meanwhile, The Newark Post reports that officials are investigating several intentional fires set in Newark over the past few weeks. Surveillance footage captured a man at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and North Chapel Street. He’s a person of interest in an arson that occured in the unit block of E. Cleveland Avenue. Officials are trying to determine if there is a connection between the two fires. Anyone with information about any of the fires is asked to contact the fire marshal at 323-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see a picture of the suspect below.