More Than 100 Firefighters Put Out Church Fire On East Oak Lane - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

More Than 100 Firefighters Put Out Church Fire On East Oak Lane

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Powerful flames burst through the roof of St. Mary of the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church in East Oak Lane. It happened minutes after Sunday services ended.

The blaze was so strong that fire officials had to strike four alarms and call in more than 100 firefighters to get it under control.

"This family, this church, they took me in as their own," says Oksana Pelipchook.

It is especially tragic for Oksana Pelipchook and her family. She got married here and her three children were baptized in the church too.

"Lots of happy memories we had here. It's so sad to see everything turn into ashes like this but I guess that's the life we have," she says.

Members say they noticed signs of fire minutes after services ended.

"Suddenly we smelled smoke and then we see on the corner of the church…smoke," says a witness.

Fire crews from two doors down rushed in along with teams from across the city. But there were several challenges awaiting in a structure built in the early 1920s, including a tower that fell into the roof.

"If we had people inside it would have been a very very bad situation," says a firefighter.

The situation is bad enough for members like Oksana, she feels she lost a part of the family.

"The feeling you have every time you leave this church, it's never going to be the same again," says Oksana, in tears.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:03:33 GMT
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices