Fire broke out at Georgian Orthodox Church's main cathedral


March 21, 2016


The fire at the Holy Trinity (Sameba) Cathedral in Tbilisi that damaged an area of 1200 square meters has been stifled. Yesterday, at approximately 2:00 PM, several individuals noticed severe smoke was coming out of a building adjacent to the cathedral. 15 fire brigades were mobilized to the scene and close to 100 firemen were involved in bringing the fire under control. It is still unknown what caused the conflagration.

The head of the Emergency Management Agency, Zviad Katsashvili and the Mayor of Tbilisi, Davit Narmania visited the site. No casualties have been reported.

Meanwhile, clerics are discussing different possible causes. As Palitranews’ journalist reported from Sameba, the clergymen suspect that the fire was caused by a short circuit. Another version is that the fire began inside the typographic house.

"Right after the Sunday liturgy, the electricity was suddenly shut off. It is probable that the outage was caused by the fire but some say it was done on purpose, so that the fire would not become more dangerous," Archpriest Teimuraz told Palitranews.

Another clergyman, Archimandrite Ioane, said the place where the fire may have begun houses the so-called Youth Center and also a warehouse where second-hand clothes donated by the parish are stored, as well as a typographic house.


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