A fire broke out at the Church of St Andrew in Adelaide last Saturday, causing damage as Sunday’s service had to be held outside the building.

The church suffered a fire incident on Saturday evening, necessitating the intervention of the Fire Service to rush in and extinguish the flames.

Fire Cause Investigators ruled the fire as not suspicious, though were unable to determine the cause with the overall cost of the damages to be estimated in the coming days.

The incident has incited a great deal of concern from the parishioners of Saint Andrew, while also inspiring a communal effort to repair the damage in any way they can.

Bishop Silouan of Sinope, the Archepiscopal Vicar of Adelaide, on behalf of Archbishop Makarios of Australia, consoled those concerned by the incident.

“Tragedies are always unwanted and unexpected, even if, with God’s help, they are accepted. During this sacred period of Great Lent our thoughts and prayers are intensified, while being immersed in even more compunction,” he said.

“The Church will be rebuilt because the Church is Christ. The Church is never destroyed because it is crucified and glorified, humbled and exalted. The Church is forever excelling in brilliance through the radiance of Its perpetual resurrection.”

Impressively, the fire did not stop the standard Sunday services from occurring as people gathered outside the church for the Holy Services of Matins and Divine Liturgy.

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