A four-alarm blaze left a historic synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side in shambles Monday.

According to officials, the fire tore through the Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue at around 8 p.m. Flames could be seen shooting out of the windows and through the roof.

A devastating blow for the congregation was only slightly softened by the fact that the synagogue was under renovation and all of the religious items had been removed for the start of construction in Spring. Renovation work was scheduled to be completed in September.

"There were no torah scrolls in the synagogue because we were under renovation and reconstruction and therefore the damage is the damage to the building which is unfortunately very considerable," Rabbi Haskel Lookstein told reporters late Monday.

The historic Orthodox synagogue was founded and situated on the Upper East Side in 1872, according to the congregation's website.

Over 170 firefighters responded to the scene. Fire officials say four firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze.

The synagogue was vacant at the time the fire broke out. It is unclear how the fire might have started but reports say it may have originated on the roof.

The synagogue has withstood crisis before. The New York Times reports that the congregation lost $3.5 million in the Bernard Madoff scandal. Now the buildings department will need to determine whether the building needs to be torn down.