Preduschelnoe, Crimea, February 5, 2018
A fire broke out at the Skete of St. Anastasia of Sirmium in Crimea on January 28, destroying several buildings, the skete’s website reports.
The skete is a dependency of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Bakhchysarai, Crimea.
Despite the tragedy, the message on the website shows that brotherhood remains faithful, viewing the whole situation through the prism of the providence of God: “On January 28, 2018, by God’s allowance, due to an accident, a fire destroyed part of the buildings of the monastery. Through the intercession of the holy Great Martyr Anastasia of Sirmium and the skilled firefighters and the dedication of the brotherhood, they managed to avoid human causalities and damage to the church.”
According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations for Crimea, it is believed that the fire broke out in the boiler room, quickly spreading to the other wooden buildings of the skete. The fire had grown to cover an area of 2,150 sq. ft. by the time firefighters were able to arrive, and to 3,616 sq. ft. by the time it was contained.
Seven buildings were destroyed: the refectory, three utility rooms, and three monastery shops.
The brothers later reported that donations had been flooding in from all across Russia, totaling 1 million rubles ($17,630) within four days.
Work began on Thursday to clean up the debris and ashes left from the fire.