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Massive Fire Engulfs Church in Manhattan

NEW YORK – (AP) — Firefighters are battling a huge fire at a historic church in New York City.

Authorities say no serious injuries have been reported in the blaze that broke out early Sunday evening at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan.

Parts of the roof collapsed and smoke billowed from the Gothic Revival style building.

The fire broke out on the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter. The church website listed services that morning and an Easter luncheon at 1 p.m.

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

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) MANDATORY CREDIT

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) MANDATORY CREDIT

Anindya Ghose via AP

 

Firefighters battle a fire in the historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in New York. The church that was constructed in the early 1850s and was designated a New York City landmark in 1968. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

 

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