Richmond Hill Gurdwara Destroyed by Fire

March 10, 2002

Source: Newsday

On March 10, 2002, Newsday reported, "A Congregation Mourns; Sikhs grieve for injured priest, loss of center in blaze." It noted that "Onlookers gazed at the gutted remains of the temple and members gathered to pray and comfort each other ... More than 2,500 people worshipped at the temple on weekends and an estimated 10,000 on holidays." With offers of help streaming in from Sikh centers, others in the local community also offered their support. "A couple from Woodside who brought flowers to the neighborhood said they just wanted to show their sympathy and support for the community. 'After Sept. 11, so much has happened to the Sikh community in terms of mistaken identity ... And to have this happen is a terrible thing.'"