Huge blaze devastates Serbian Orthodox Church in Manhattan on Easter

BELGRADE – A huge fire has ravaged a Serbian Orthodox Church in downtown Manhattan, on the day that Orthodox Christians are celebrating the Holy Easter. It took some 170 firemen several hours to bring the four-alarm blaze under control.

While initial reports suggested that there might have been people trapped inside the burning building, fire department confirmed there were no injuries or casualties.

The city’s fire commissioner, Daniel Nigro, told the New York Post that the cause of fire remains under investigation. One man is being checked out for “smoke inhalation,” Nigro added.

“It’s a very sad day today,” Nigro said, adding that the night before some 700 people had gathered in the Church for an evening service to celebrate Orthodox Easter.

“We’re all alive, but the building is gone,” the parish priest, Fr. Djokan Majstorovic, told RT.

It took firefighters hours to contain the blaze that started at around 7:00pm local time.