Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Cathedral Church Fire Causes $1M Damage, Officials Say It's Suspicious

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Cathedral Church Fire Causes $1M Damage, Officials Say It's Suspicious

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Church fire 'suspicious', caused $1M damage

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WINNIPEG - Officials say a suspicious fire at one of Winnipeg's largest churches has caused more than $1 million in damage.

Firefighters were called to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral Cathedral around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Emergency crews encountered thick, black smoke when they arrived.

No one was hurt in the two-alarm fire, which is believed to have started on the main floor, but there was extensive smoke damage.

Gregory Palaschuk, the president of the cathedral, said a security alarm, followed by a fire alarm, prompted firefighters to arrive.

He said the church's stained glass windows were smashed, the pews are covered in soot and the sacristy - a room where the priest keeps sacred vestments - is charred beyond recognition.

"This place was a beacon of hope for Winnipeg and for the faithful across Canada," said Ben Wasylyshen, the artist who designed the stained-glass windows. …

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