WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- A fire that burnt down a historic synagogue in U.S. state of Minnesota last week doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, local police said on Sunday.
Matthew James Amiot, 36, has been accused of setting fire to the Adas Israel Congregation in Duluth, a Minnesota port city, overnight Monday.
Amiot was arrested on Friday. A possible motive hadn't been established.
"Based on all the information that I have reviewedthere is at this moment in time no reason to believe this is a bias or hate crime," Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken told a press conference. "This may change ... but at this point in time that is the determination I have."
Police are recommending that prosecutors charge Amiot with first-degree arson.
Construction of the synagogue was completed in 1902.