Video: Serbian Orthodox Cathedral Goes Up In Flames
Parishioners are grieving today after a massive fire completely gutted the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava located in NEw York City. What made the fire even more heartbreaking was that it occurred hours after Orthodox worshippers had just celebrated Easter!
The fire that started at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan sent plumes of smoke billowing into the city’s skyline.
The fire was largely extinguished three hours later, but firefighters had to beat back small pockets of flames. Authorities didn’t disclose the cause of the fire, which completely destroyed the church’s roof.
Fire officials said the church’s caretaker ran inside the Gothic Revival style building to try to put out the blaze but suffered minor smoke inhalation and had to be rescued.
The fire broke out on the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter. The church website listed services that morning and an Easter luncheon at 1 p.m.
The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1968.
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