On the first night of Rosh Hashanah many girls from out-of-town lit candles in 770 on the steps that are located in the middle of the women’s section of the shul. During Mariv the cleaning lady of the shul was seen spraying water at something. Suddenly the entire women’s section of Eastern Parkway was trying to get out of the doors at once, everyone yelling “FIRE! FIRE!”
After the fire was put out there were approximately 30 candles still lit. The cleaning lady did not know what to do. She asked one of the women if she should let them stay lit, but the women immediately replied that they should be put out at once. Boruch Hashem there was no damage or injuries.