New York - Officials: Candles Possible Cause Of NYC Church Fire

Published on: May 3rd, 2016 at 05:41 PM
By: AP

New York City firefighters (FDNY) walk through the debris following a fire at Manhattan's historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid New York City firefighters (FDNY) walk through the debris following a fire at Manhattan's historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
New York - Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles.

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava (SAH'-vah) burned on Sunday, the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter. Fire officials said Tuesday they are looking into whether caretakers at the church may have accidentally placed candles that had not been fully extinguished in a cardboard box after the Easter celebration.

They say the fire is not suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing.

The church was designed by architect Richard M. Upjohn and was built in the early 1850s. One of its earlier congregants was novelist Edith Wharton, who wrote "The Age of Innocence." She was married in the church in 1885.

New York City firefighters (FDNY) stand in front of Manhattan's historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava following a fire in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid New York City firefighters (FDNY) stand in front of Manhattan's historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava following a fire in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid


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