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 the church.
The altar area inside church suffered smoke and water damage, however, the total damage to the church is unknown at this time. The Nassau County Fire Marshal went to the scene.
Several firefighters suffered from smoke and heat exhaustion. Nassau County Police said that one Merrick fireman was transported to a local hospital and treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Merrick Fire Department responded with 75 firefighters, 20 pieces of apparatus, and were assisted by the North Merrick, Bellmore, North Bellmore, Seaford, Freeport, Baldwin and South Hempstead Fire Departments.
There was no estimate of the cost of the damage nor when the church could be repaired and open for regular services again.[subscribe2]