NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
The church was built in the early 1850s and was designated a city landmark in 1968.