Chapel to be built in memory of Kemerovo fire victims in nearby village

Treschevsky, Russia, March 30, 2018

Photo: RIA-Novosti Photo: RIA-Novosti

The issue of constructing a chapel in memory of the victims of Sunday’s Kemerovo shopping mall fire in the nearby village of Treschevsky will be discussed on April 3 after a memorial service near the school that several students who perished in the fire had attended, the dean of the Topkinsky Church District Archpriest Alexei Soloviev told RIA-Novosti today.

Fr. Alexei explained that the commemoration service will be held by the Kemerovo Regional and Provincial administrations.

“The governor has already decided to put a chapel there, because the village doesn’t even have a church, or anything. I think all these issues will be discussed on April 3 in Treschevsky,” Fr. Alexei explained.

More than 29,000 people have also signed a petition calling for either a chapel or a park to be created on the site of the burnt-out shopping mall in honor of the victims of the fire.

Earlier, the head of the Social Protection Department of the Topkinsky Region Marina Marakulina said that the remains of six girls from Treschevsky who died in the fire in the Winter Cherry shopping mall in Kemerovo, were sent for DNA examination in Moscow.

The fire in the 4-story mall occurred on Sunday, leaving 64 dead, including 41 children. The fire was mainly on the top floor, where there are several movie theaters and children’s play areas. A three-day mourning period was declared in the Kemerovo Province, and Wednesday was declared a day of mourning for all of Russia.

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Greg Gniewkowski3/31/2018 1:40 pm
Praying for the souls of those lost in this tragedy, and that Our Lord Jesus Christ will bring much good out of the sadness being experienced now. To the Russian people: May their memory be eternal.
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