Buddhist Temple Burns

Buddhist Temple Burns

The FBI and local authorities were investigating a mysterious fire in the basement of the Japanese Buddhist temple on North First Street, San Jose (California) which was apparently of incendiary’ origin.

Fire Chief D. E. Cavallaro said burned matches were found on the floor of the basement and that a half dozen swastikas, cut from gold cloth, were discovered

The Rev. Shuzeiki Aso, head of the temple, was questioned and said the swastikas had been used “for decorations.” He estimated damage at $1,500.

The priest said a caretaker was supposed to padlock the basement every night but firemen reported that when they arrived the door was open.

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