WINNIPEG – Parishioners of one of Winnipeg’s most well-known churches are waiting to hear how much damage a fire has caused.
The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral on Main Street is badly damaged after the fire broke out around 9.30 last night.
Dr. Gregory Palaschuk, church president, says it’s hard to believe.
“It’s even hard to wrap your head around. I was there late last night and I can imagine what’s waiting for me when I go back this afternoon. It’s an icon of the city. People I see all the time stop and are taking pictures of it. For this to happen is horrific,” he said.
Palaschuk was at the church last night after the fire broke out.
“There was smoke billowing out of every door we opened in the cathedral upstairs. I left and the firefighters donned their masks and went in. At that time I couldn’t tell how bad the damage was,” he said.
He says they’ll be going back in later today to assess the damage, but the smoke and water definitely had an impact.
“There is water across the floors from them trying to put the fire out and the water was seeping down to the second level of the cathedral, so I can just imagine how much water damage there is, along with smoke,” he said.
The cause of the fire is unknown but arson hasn’t been ruled out.
Photos courtesy Ken Spicer