Three Orthodox Churches torched in three cities on Orthodox Easter
Fire officials say a raging fire that has damaged the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Midtown Manhattan has been deemed suspicious for now, though the investigation is continuing.
The fire started at about 7 p.m. Sunday, just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter, and sent plumes of smoke billowing into the city’s skyline.
“We had a very heavy volume of fire on arrival, which is always a concern,” said Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gala at the scene. “We deemed the fire suspicious.”
The blaze was largely extinguished three hours later, but firefighters had to beat back small pockets of flames. The fire gutted the building and destroyed the church’s roof and stained glass.
Authorities in Melbourne and Sydney are investigating fires in two Orthodox churches.
Australia’s second oldest Greek Orthodox church has been saved after a fire broke out in Melbourne, a day after Orthodox Easter celebrations. The cause of the fire at the 115-year-old Holy Church of Annunciation of Our Lady in East Melbourne on Monday afternoon is still under investigation.
When fighting resumed at Easter in 1815, Milos became supreme leader of the new revolt. He advocated a policy of restraint: captured Ottoman soldiers were not killed and civilians were released. His announced goal was not independence but an end to abusive misrule. Wider European events now helped the Serb cause. The final defeat of Napoleon in 1815 raised Turkish fears that Russia might again intervene in Turkey. To avoid this the sultan agreed to make Serbia autonomous. The specific terms of the settlement addressed many of the original complaints of 1804:
1) taxes were precisely defined and would be collected by Serb officials without Turkish involvement;
2) all janissaries were excluded and the Turkish garrison or administrators were confined to a few fortress towns;
3) Serbian merchants gained the right to travel freely and conduct business anywhere in the Ottoman Empire;
4) there was an amnesty and Serbs kept their arms;