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Arson Suspected As Fire Guts Montreal Jewish School, Endangering 500

The Montreal police today assigned their top arson and bomb expert, Leo Plouffe, to investigate afire, possibly of incendiary origin, which gutted seven of the 20 classrooms of the Jewish Folkschule this weekend, while the school’s 500 pupils were in the lunchroom of the building.

Zave Ettinger, executive administrator of the school, disclosed today that a telephone call had been received by the school on the day before the fire, warning that the institution would be burned. He said police searched the school at that time, but no suspicious objects were found. Shloimeh Wiseman, principal of the 40-year-old school, said that regular classes would continue despite the fire damage.