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Julio Cortez, Associated Press
Bergen County officials stand on the roof of Congregation Beth El as authorities investigate an early morning fire, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Rutherford, N.J. The fire occurred one day before law enforcement and representatives from more than 80 synagogues and Jewish day schools were scheduled to discuss three recent incidents in the county.

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Authorities in northern New Jersey say someone threw several Molotov cocktails and other explosive devices into the second floor residence of a synagogue early Wednesday.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the incident is being investigated as an attempted murder and bias-related arson. The prosecutor says lit aerosol cans also were used in the attack.

The fire occurred at Congregation Beth El at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. It's the latest in a series of incidents targeting synagogues in Bergen County. Molinelli didn't say whether Wednesday's incident is related.

Rabbi Nosson Schuman tells CBS 880 Radio that he saw a flash of fire outside his bedroom window before his bedspread caught fire. The rabbi says he got his wife and five children out of the building safely.