A massive 4-alarm fire has broken out at a New York City church

A massive fire broke out at the Serbian Cathedral of Saint Sava in New York City on Sunday evening.

The fire broke out around 6:49 p.m., according to the FDNY. The fire quickly spread to three alarms by 7 p.m. By 8 p.m., the fire had spread to four alarms.

The number of “alarms” in the FDNY fire alarm rating system corresponds to the number of firefighters required to respond to the fire. For a two-alarm fire, the FDNY dispatches 25 units and 106 firefighters; a three-alarm fire means 33 units and 138 firefighters; a four-alarm fire means 39 units and 168 firefighters, according to Slate.

The FDNY is currently on the scene with approximately 170 firefighters.

 It is currently unclear whether anyone was in the building at the time of the fire or how the fire started.

The side of the church, which is located at 20 West 26th St in Manhattan, is in danger of collapsing, according to PIX11 News.

The photos and videos of the fire are particularly striking:

And here’s an aerial view of the fire:


This is a developing story and will be updated.


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