A huge fire has devastated a Serbian Orthodox Church in downtown Manhattan on Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday. About 170 firemen fought for several hours to contain the blaze.
According to the Fire Department, there were no people trapped inside the building, nor there were casualties or injuries.
The night before the fire, about 700 faithful attended Easter mass at St. Sava, a historic church located at 15 West 25th Street between Broadway and the Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses deep sorrow, concern and sympathy to our Serbian Orthodox brethren for the massive fire that destroyed yesterday evening the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in lower Manhattan.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America responding to the sad news of the catastrophic fire stated: “We stand together with our Serbian Orthodox brothers and sisters, who are saddened by this loss of their beloved cathedral, on the day of our Lord’s Resurrection. We pray to the Risen Christ that the hope of His resurrection sustains them and strengthens them in the face of such adversity.”