The Church of St. Basil the Great in the village of Kondratyevka in Gorlovka, Donetsk region, was completely destroyed by fire. There are no victims, but the holy things were destroyed by the fire, reports Gorlovka-eparhia.com.ua.
The fire started on January 5, 2021 at about 22:00. Despite the efforts of the firefighters, in just one hour the fire completely destroyed the church: only the walls remained from the building.
At the time of the fire, only the watchman was on the territory of the church. He managed to leave the scene and was not injured.
Because of the strong fire, the firefighters did not let anyone inside, even the rector of the church, Archpriest Vasily Drebot, who wanted to save the holy things from the altar – at that moment the roof caught fire.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The Church of St. Basil the Great in the village of Kondratyevka in Gorlovka opened in 1998 on the premises of a former store. In 2017, thanks to the help of local entrepreneurs, it was decorated with bells for the first time. The church building also housed the parish library.