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Fire destroys Danbury church [St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church]
Danbury CT News Times ^ | June 29, 2013 | Robert Miller

Posted on 06/29/2013 7:28:00 PM PDT by iowamark

DANBURY, CT - St. Nicholas Church, founded in the city 90 years ago, was decimated by fire Saturday afternoon.

"My guess is the church is totaled," said Fire Chief Geoff Herald as fire crews from out the area shot cascades of water over its collapsed roof and into the gold-dome church on Pembroke Road.

The Rev. John Cigan, the church's pastor, who had held services in the church Saturday morning, sobbed as he watched firefighters battle the blaze and was too overcome with emotion to speak about the loss.

"It's awful," said church member Donna Stelzel, as steam and gray smoke clouded the blue sky. "I came here to pray. All I can do is cry."

Firefighters rushed to the scene about 2 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about the blaze. Volunteer units from throughout the area joined the Danbury department at the scene.

After firefighters had the blaze under control, they continued to pour water into the church to make sure the fire was extinguished.

Water poured out of St. Nicholas' front door and cascaded down the church's front steps. Firefighters had to break the church's stained-glass windows to get water inside.

"I wish I didn't have to look," church member Steve Sedlak said. "I helped build that church."

St. Nicholas Church is a Byzantine Catholic Church. While it uses the rites of the Greek Orthodox Church, it is part of the Roman Catholic Church.

The church first was located on Roberts Avenue near Western Connecticut State University in 1923. Having outgrown that small chapel, it moved to its new location on Pembroke Road and opened its doors to parishioners in 1996.

Stelzel said the church brought some of the elements of Roberts Avenue -- including some stained glass windows -- and installed them into the new church...

(Excerpt) Read more at newstimes.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; churchburnings; ct; greekorthodox

1 posted on 06/29/2013 7:28:01 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Muslim or Homo? Doubt it was an accident.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 7:29:01 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Or just lefties.

Norway had a terror campaign in the nineties that ended with around 50 churches burned in a year, many of them hundreds of years old. The police was extremely uninterested in catching any culprits.

The left now is calling for renewed burning engagements.


3 posted on 06/29/2013 7:32:45 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Hardraade

Wasn’t that the Black Metal satanist stuff?

True, could be standard liberals.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 7:34:47 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: iowamark

I thought “decimated” meant only one tenth was destroyed. The author could have said “severely damaged” and been more accurate.


5 posted on 06/29/2013 7:36:45 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Norm Lenhart

The church was built in 1996, making it only about 14 years old. That means it had to comply with all modern fire codes; hence, a very suspicious fire, probably arson.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 7:39:39 PM PDT by libstripper (A)
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To: iowamark

Decimated? It was reduced by 10%? Looks worse than that.


7 posted on 06/29/2013 7:41:31 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Norm Lenhart

That was “satanists”, yes. But judging from their internals, they were exactly like any democrat of today.

I sat on their internal communications and planning for years. So did the police and even mil intel. They didn’t move before one of them committed murder so bestial and in-your-face that they had to, and even then most of the stuff got no reaction.


8 posted on 06/29/2013 7:41:54 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: thecodont
I thought “decimated” meant only one tenth was destroyed.

It did. The meaning is shifting to one tenth surviving.

Like "awful" used to mean awesome...

9 posted on 06/29/2013 7:44:01 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: thecodont

Exactly! I was going to make that very point. 90% should remain if the church was only “decimated”. That point was reiterated this week on the History Channel when they were talking about Caligula marching on Britain and the troops rebelling.


10 posted on 06/29/2013 7:45:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: iowamark
Waiting for comments from B Hussein Obama on "church burning."

Oh, never mind - it's only a Christian Church. Nothing to see here - move along citizens!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

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11 posted on 06/29/2013 7:47:58 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Hardraade

Well they were a religion of peace before the religion of peace so it would have been wrong for anyone to stop them..... How dare those evil people force their morality on those innocent and peaceful children? /s


12 posted on 06/29/2013 7:50:57 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: thecodont; muir_redwoods
" DANBURY, CT - St. Nicholas Church, founded in the city 90 years ago, was decimated by fire Saturday afternoon.

What this means is that this newspaper is written by illiterates.

Surprised?

13 posted on 06/29/2013 7:59:19 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Norm Lenhart

I wonder what the Saturday Homily was all about? It just might give a clue.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 8:01:00 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: thecodont
I thought “decimated” meant only one tenth was destroyed. The author could have said “severely damaged” and been more accurate.

You beat me to it, thecodont. People who can't be troubled to exercise dictionaries should quit trying to masquerade as journalists.

15 posted on 06/29/2013 8:01:41 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: iowamark
St. Nicholas Church, founded in the city 90 years ago, was decimated by fire Saturday afternoon.

Buildings can't be "decimated." A single anything can't be decimated.
Only populations, large groups of people, or at the very least, a large number of things can be decimated.

16 posted on 06/29/2013 8:02:11 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: iowamark

Wow. I live in the town next to where this church is located. Sirens were going off all afternoon in my town as our volunteer fire services assisted in putting out the fire. I went into a local shop late in the day and asked the owner if he knew why sirens were blaring all afternoon. His reply... I hear my church burned down. :(
Why us everyone on this thread being so nasty? Sad.
Have a nice Sunday.


17 posted on 06/29/2013 8:03:16 PM PDT by Katnandu
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To: iowamark

Thanks for posting. This Greek Orthodox church has a wonderfully active community and is loved in the area. Such a shame and the fire will be investigated.


18 posted on 06/29/2013 8:05:10 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: mojo114

It is a wonderful church. They do a lot of work helping people with addictions.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 8:09:22 PM PDT by Katnandu
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To: Katnandu

I agree that FReepers were nasty presumably they did not know that the church was Greek Orthodox and indeed a wonderful community of worshippers.
FReepmail to you.


20 posted on 06/29/2013 8:23:59 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: iowamark

May the rebuild bigger and with more members!


21 posted on 06/29/2013 8:27:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Katnandu

Prayers for you and your church too.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 8:29:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
May the they
23 posted on 06/29/2013 8:30:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

It is not my church. I will help them anyway I can though,


24 posted on 06/29/2013 8:57:16 PM PDT by Katnandu
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To: Katnandu

Some of their members might show up at your church — that’s what I was thinking.

And as they rebuild they will need water and food.


25 posted on 06/29/2013 9:03:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: thecodont

You think wrong. Those who are fixated on the supposed etymology of the word “decimate” need to check an actual dictionary. This is a perfectly acceptable usage.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 9:07:09 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: muir_redwoods
Decimate:

1: to select by lot and kill every tenth man of

2: to exact a tax of 10 percent from

3 a: to reduce drastically especially in number

b: to cause great destruction or harm to (firebombs decimated the city) (an industry decimated by recession)

27 posted on 06/29/2013 9:23:17 PM PDT by Waryone (Anyone who advocates excusing Rubio's lying, traitorous behavior is GOPe.)
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To: iowamark; libstripper; Katnandu

In Somers (NW CT, bordering MA) a church burned in Jan 2012. It was ruled suspicious.

The sanctuary portion, which was destroyed, was built in the 1870’s IIRC, while a addition in the late 1990’s and 60’s were damaged. In the Somers case, code only required new or renovated construction meet current codes. These codes required proper egress, lighting, etc. However, they did not require monitored fire alarms, only local to notify people in the building. Because of that the FD only was notified when a resident several houses down smelt and saw heavy smoke in the area and called 911.

In the Danbury case, I doubt people were (legally) in the building at the time, and if alarms weren’t monitored it’s too late to do anything.

This was supposedly taken showing the first responding units in Somers. A church will go from smoke to fully involved in minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cvg2j480dE


28 posted on 06/29/2013 10:53:51 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Steelfish

Burn Christian Churches, behead their priests, vandalize them in the name of “Justice” for that cause or this one. In the end the Church will survive—When America’s back is too the wall, and enemies are at the gates these churches will be full of praying citizens on the knees hoping for salvation. That day may well not be that far off.


29 posted on 06/29/2013 11:09:57 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Waryone

The OED does not agree


30 posted on 06/29/2013 11:34:37 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Praying and ARMED citizens as well. Stuff like this is what will bring about no only praying citizens but maybe even those who will end up revolting.


31 posted on 06/30/2013 2:54:47 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: iowamark

God Bless my Eastern Rite Catholic brothers and sisters.


32 posted on 06/30/2013 2:57:11 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: All

I heard about it in the news and it looks like it was acident or acidential is how this fire has started.


33 posted on 06/30/2013 6:29:13 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: iowamark
St. Nicholas Church is a Byzantine Catholic Church. While it uses the rites of the Greek Orthodox Church, it is part of the Roman Catholic Church. The church first was located on Roberts Avenue near Western Connecticut State University in 1923. Having outgrown that small chapel, it moved to its new location on Pembroke Road and opened its doors to parishioners in 1996.

Where's Bill Clinton and his childhood memories when you need them?

34 posted on 06/30/2013 9:30:21 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: muir_redwoods

Maybe the OED should learn to speak American./s


35 posted on 06/30/2013 11:28:33 AM PDT by Waryone (Anyone who advocates excusing Rubio's lying, traitorous behavior is GOPe.)
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To: Waryone

I understand Rachel Jeantel will be teaching a course.


36 posted on 06/30/2013 4:16:09 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Norm Lenhart

probably teen aged satin worshippers...


37 posted on 06/30/2013 7:16:36 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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