Raging fire destroys historic New York City church

NEW YORK (AP) – A historic church in New York City has been destroyed in a raging fire just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter.

The fire that started at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan sent plumes of smoke billowing into the city’s skyline.

The fire was largely extinguished three hours later, but firefighters had to beat back small pockets of flames. Authorities didn’t disclose the cause of the fire, which destroyed the church’s roof.

Fire officials say the church’s caretaker suffered minor smoke inhalation when he ran inside to try to put out the blaze.

The fire broke out on the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter.

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