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Fire Engulfs Orthodox Church In New York City
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:55:07 AM »
https://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/fire-engulfs-orthodox-church-in-new-york-city?utm_term=.nsPYxrYBJ#.lywQGRQzj



The New York Fire Department responded just before 7 p.m. to the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava, on West 25th Street in Manhattan. The cathedral had earlier in the day hosted Easter celebrations. Easter was celebrated on May 1 by Orthodox churches around the world.





It is not known how the fire started, though it is believed to have broken out on the first floor of the building before consuming the interior and roof. An FDNY spokesman said that nobody was believed to be inside the building at the time the fire started, and there have been no reports of injuries. The Serbian Cathedral of Saint Sava was designed in 1850 by celebrated architect Richard M. Upjohn and first consecrated in 1855 by the Episcopal Diocese. The church was designated a New York City landmark in 1968. In 1865 the church played host to the first Orthodox liturgy was held in an Episcopal church in the U.S., an event described at the time as the 'Inauguration of the Russian-Greek Church in America.' American writer Edith Wharton married socialite Edward Wharton in the chapel in 1885, and later immortalized the church in her famous novel, The Age of Innocence.

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