Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fire severely damaged Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona, NY

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — 

Chopper 2 was over the fire damaged Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona on Friday.

Pictures tweeted by the FDNY showed a charred church interior.

The fire began shortly before noon at the church which is on 98th Street in Corona.

CBS2 has been told that only the caretaker was inside at the time, and was being treated for smoke inhalation.  Two firefighters were also treated for smoke inhalation.

There’s no word as to what caused the fire, church officials are still assessing the damage.


A fire did significant damage to the interior of the Greek Orthodox Community of Transfiguration Church in Corona on Friday, injuring three people.

The FDNY posted two photos to its Twitter account around 2:30 p.m., showing firefighters dousing the ceiling of the 38-05 98 St. church with water.

Much of the religious art that decorated the walls of the house of worship was blackened and charred, while the burned ceiling appeared to have also suffered heavy fire damage.

Two firefighters and one civilian suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the FDNY.

According to its website, the parish was founded in 1926, when a small group of Greek immigrants who had settled in Corona gathered to worship together.

The church that burned on Friday first opened its doors on Palm Sunday 1958.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.