[UPDATE BELOW] A devastating three-alarm fire tore through the Serbian Orthodox Church in Manhattan Sunday evening.
Deadly fire in Catholic Church in Manhattan! 25th street between Fifth and sixth avenue. Praying for survivors pic.twitter.com/8MEDY5hgKw
— Anindya Ghose (@aghose) May 1, 2016
Huge fire at Serbian Orthodox Church on w 25th street in Manhattan - ppl crying, horrible fire pic.twitter.com/S5qTp2Eg9O
— Mike Gallagher (@radiotalkermike) May 1, 2016
The fire broke out at Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava around 6:50 p.m. at the church, at 24 West 25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. An FDNY spokesman says there have been no reported injuries so far, and firefighters are at the scene battling the blaze.
— Jenny Earl (@jenearlyspeakin) May 1, 2016
😳 Reports coming in on Twitter/Facebook of a massive fire at a church on 25th Street/Flatiron in NYC pic.twitter.com/3gmNp2zLoo
— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) May 1, 2016
Church on fire, 25th and Broadway - pic.twitter.com/qeSHu82cXQ
— David Lat (@DavidLat) May 1, 2016
The fire happened on Orthodox Easter, though it is unclear whether the church was having services or not when the fire started. We'll update as we learn more information.
— Tim Teeman (@TimTeeman) May 1, 2016
Update 9:00 p.m.: An FDNY spokesman says the blaze was upgraded to a four-alarm fire around 8:00 p.m. He adds that the fire is not under control yet, and there are over 170 firefighters still at the scene.
The FDNY says one civilian sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Services for Orthodox Easter had ended earlier in the day, so no services were going on when the fire broke out.
Update May 2nd, 8:45 a.m.: We'll have more in a separate post later this morning, but here's how the church looks at this point:
— Lee Stanton (@LeeStantonNY) May 2, 2016