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(NEW YORK) — A massive fire ravaged a Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan that left the building in ruins — on the same day its Serbian Orthodox parishioners had celebrated Easter.

The New York Fire Department said the fire broke out on the first floor of the Cathedral shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday. There were no reported injuries or evacuations at the time the fire broke out. Roughly 170 firefighters mobilized to combat the blaze.


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Parishioners and onlookers were left in shock as they watched the flames completely engulfed the historic landmark.


170 #FDNY members on scene of 4-alarm fire at 25th & Broadway #Manhattan pic.twitter.com/Y9vTqFNBLQ

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Officials weren’t sure how the fire started but said that one person suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.

The historic church was built in the 1850s as an Episcopal church.

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