The frum world digested the devastating news after Shabbos was over: The famed Nitra Yeshiva in Mount Kisco, NY, which has nurtured some of the most prominent personalities in the Torah world, had been decimated by a mammoth blaze.
The conflagration broke out on Friday night of Shabbos Parshas Yisro. One of the bochurim noticed flames coming from a room in the lower level of the yeshiva where the Shabbos food was kept and notified his peers to vacate the building. A faulty outlet was later identified as the source of the fire, which ultimately spread and destroyed the historic structure.
With little time to spare, the bochurim immediately set about removing the Sifrei Torah. They also pushed the bimah, which contained many of the bochurim’s tefillin bags, outside.
Shortly after the building was evacuated and the tashmishei kedushah were removed, the floor of the bais medrash collapsed. Thankfully and miraculously, there were no injuries, but the damage was done. A historic yeshiva that had endured decades of daunting challenges and tribulations had just been dealt a severe blow.