Witness: God led me to save burning church

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Source: 10 News - Tampa Bay / Sarasota by Grayson Kamm, WTSP Palm Harbor, Florida -- Divine providence. A priest says that's what led a newspaper delivery driver to spot and save a burning church Tuesday morning. Her 911 call got firefighters there in time to save something extraordinary inside. Carol Dyer started driving her paper route late, in another part of town. But she says something steered her to Riviere Road, right past St. Raphael Greek Orthodox Church. "It was the Holy … [Read more...]

Fire Caused By Candle Guts St. Demetrios Church

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Source: The National Herald MERRICK, N.Y. – Fire officials are investigating a fire that caused heavy damage to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 2421 Hewlett Ave. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the church the night of Aug. 9. Firefighters helped worshipers carry items out of the church building, trying to salvage what they could. There were no reports of any injuries. According the Nassau County Police, the fire started around 9:25 p.m. from a lit candle inside … [Read more...]

Donelson [Tennessee] Church Destroyed By Three-Alarm Fire

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Source: News Channel 5 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flames destroyed a Donelson Church just hours after the congregation wrapped up Sunday services. Firefighters were called out to St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, in the 1900 block of Dabbs Avenue, around 3 p.m. The first crews arrived to find flames shooting from the building, and a huge plume of smoke was visible for miles around. Fire officials said the blaze started in the kitchen, and spread quickly. There were people inside the church when … [Read more...]

Colorado Springs faithful ask prayers in wake of Black Forest fire

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Source: Orthodox Church in America COLORADO SPRINGS, CO [OCA] - In the midst of what Colorado officials described on Thursday, June 13, 2013 as “the most destructive fire in state history,” Archpriest Anthony Karbo and the faithful of Saints Constantine and Helen/Holy Theophany Church here once again are requesting prayers, nearly one year to the day after they faced the Waldo Canyon fire. What has been dubbed the “Black Forest fire” has already destroyed nearly 16,000 acres, displaced … [Read more...]

Monks Evacuated as Fire Spreads

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Source: Orthodox Church in America MANTON, CA [OCA] The “Ponderosa Fire”—one of more than a dozen spawned as a result of lightning on Saturday, August 18, 2012 throughout this region some 170 miles north of Sacramento—continues to threaten Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Monastery here. [Read related story.] As of Monday morning, it had been reported that the blaze had already grown to 12,000 acres. Mixed reports have been received with regard to the monastery property, although … [Read more...]

Wild Fire at Isolated Greek Monastic Community [Mount Athos] Spreads

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Source: The National Herald THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A large forest fire that broke out at a remote monastic community where women have not been allowed for a thousand years spread Thursday to a nearby resort area, forcing the evacuation of a seaside vacation village and sending up a thick pall of smoke over the area. It was not clear how the fire started Wednesday on the Mount Athos peninsula, a World Heritage site and self-ruled community of Orthodox monks that bans women — and even … [Read more...]