Fire breaks out at Royal Passion-Bearers Monastery on site of disposal of their remains

Ganina Yama, Russia, October 4, 2018

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A fire broke out last night in one of the churches of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers Monastery at the Ganina Yama ravine outside Ekaterinburg, where the Royal Martyrs’ holy bodies were dumped after they were assassinated in 1918.

The flames damaged the roof and various Church utensils on the second floor of the church, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.

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Firemen arrived at 1:25 AM. “It took less than an hour for the rescuers to localize the fire on an area of 750 sq. ft.,” the press service for the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Sverdlovsk Province reported. They had completely finished putting out the fire and analyzing the building by 5:26.

TASS reports that, thankfully, there were no casualties.

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Unfortunately, this is not the first fire at the Royal Passion-Bearers Monastery. In November 2007, the walls and dome of the Church of St. Job the Long-Suffering burned, in April 2008, the monastery store caught on fire, in 2010, a fire broke in the main cathedral, named in honor of the Reigning, or Sovereign, Icon of the Mother of God, and in September 2012, the abbot’s house burned down.

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