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New York, NY - Firefighters Battle Massive Fire At A Manhattan Church

Published on: May 1, 2016 08:30 PM
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Firefighters battle flames at an historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York on May 1, 2016. (Anindya Ghose / AP)Firefighters battle flames at an historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York on May 1, 2016. (Anindya Ghose / AP)

New York, NY - The main body of a fire that heavily damaged a historic church in New York City has been knocked down.

Authorities report one minor injury in the blaze that started Sunday evening at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan. Firefighters are still putting out small pockets of flames.

The blaze sent smoke plumes billowing into the sky and completely destroyed the roof of the Gothic Revival style building. It broke out on the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter.

A church priest, Father Djokan Majstorovic, says he felt he was “in a nightmare” as he tried to get to the fire scene that was blocked off by firefighters.

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The church was built in the early 1850s and was designated a city landmark in 1968.

Firefighters battle flames at an historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York, Sunday, May 1, 2016. The church was constructed in the early 1850s and was designated a New York City landmark in 1968. (Anindya Ghose via AP)Firefighters battle flames at an historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York, Sunday, May 1, 2016. The church was constructed in the early 1850s and was designated a New York City landmark in 1968. (Anindya Ghose via AP)


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 May 01, 2016 at 09:08 PM The Professor Says:

Why is this a VIN piece of news? More than likely, the church has adequate insurance, will rebuild, and any dreams that would-be developers might have had about building on a prime piece of Manhattan real estate will prove to be hallucinogenic.

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 May 02, 2016 at 02:35 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #1  
The Professor Says:

Why is this a VIN piece of news? More than likely, the church has adequate insurance, will rebuild, and any dreams that would-be developers might have had about building on a prime piece of Manhattan real estate will prove to be hallucinogenic.

Whether it is good for VIN to run this news article is debatable.
However, to be so flippant because it probably has insurance is not right.
It's traumatic for the congregants to lose their house of worship. At best, they will be displaced for years to say nothing of the lose of history.

There's nothing wrong with be a little sympathetic.

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 May 02, 2016 at 09:44 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #2  
Shlomo-1 Says:

Whether it is good for VIN to run this news article is debatable.
However, to be so flippant because it probably has insurance is not right.
It's traumatic for the congregants to lose their house of worship. At best, they will be displaced for years to say nothing of the lose of history.

There's nothing wrong with be a little sympathetic.

I do have sympathy for the congregants. However, given that most VIN readers have no clue how a Serbian Orthodox place of worship (which happened to have been landmarked and included in the Federal Registry of Historic Places) differs from any other church, I concluded that their curiosity was in the possible real estate angle. Yes, if a conflagration had occurred at a synagogue, WE would be devastated. It probably would have been better had the article never been inserted.

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 May 02, 2016 at 11:02 AM anon6 Says:

Actually the subject came up over Yom tov about the orthodox church and how it differs from other branches. I hope my children will grow up to be less narrow minded than many on here and by the way for those of us in NYC this is important to know. maybe someone like this will target a synagogue next R"L!

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 May 02, 2016 at 11:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Their members would care about us. Too bad we are so self endulged that we don't even want it published on vin.

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 May 02, 2016 at 11:48 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Remarkable photos of this very violent fire.

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 May 02, 2016 at 01:40 PM Erlich Says:

Thanks, VIN, for publishing this important news story.

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 May 02, 2016 at 02:49 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #1  
The Professor Says:

Why is this a VIN piece of news? More than likely, the church has adequate insurance, will rebuild, and any dreams that would-be developers might have had about building on a prime piece of Manhattan real estate will prove to be hallucinogenic.

For the same reason that local...I suppose you might sneer "goyishe"... media carried news of the tragic fire that destroyed New Brunswick's historic Poile Zedfek shul last October..man, are you minded!

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