MOSCOW (AP) — An 18th-century church widely seen as a marvel of Russia’s wooden architecture has been destroyed by a fire.
The blaze at the Dormition church in Kondopoga in Russia’s northwestern region of Karelia erupted Friday after a group of tourists visited the building. Local officials suspected some of them could have violated fire safety rules, but would not rule out arson.
The fire quickly engulfed the church built exclusively from wood, and fire teams that arrived within minutes were unable to save it.
The church, built in 1774 on the shores of Lake Onega, was broadly admired as one of the most remarkable examples of Northern Russia’s wooden architecture.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- At Costco food-sample line, gunfire, death and unanswered questions
- Citing ‘painful’ family situation, Shanahan withdraws as Pentagon nominee
- Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time WATCH
- Selfies with young bear continued despite warnings; wildlife officials euthanized him
- AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally
Local authorities have promised to build a replica.