Fire destroys beloved Montreal Greek Orthodox church

Source: Global News
Natalya Mihailova | 14 April 2015
MONTREAL — Montreal’s Greek community is grieving after Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Park Extension was destroyed by a major fire Monday night.
Fire destroys beloved Montreal Greek Orthodox church
Montreal's Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Park Extension was destroyed by a major fire on April 13, 2015. Global News

At around 8 p.m., over 70 Montreal firefighters were called to the church on De L’Épée Avenue.

By 9:30 p.m., the fire was confirmed to be a three-alarm fire.

Onlookers watched helplessly as glass shattered and firefighters battled the blaze.

The church was evacuated and no one was injured.

It wasn’t until close to 11:30 p.m. that the fire was brought under control.

Adjoining streets were blocked off to traffic and the power was cut off in the neighbourhood.

Officials are investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

Koimisis Tis Theotokou Church was constructed in 1962. In 1968, it was purchased from the Apostolic Church of Canada and transformed into a Greek Orthodox church and featured an ornate guilded interior.

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