Icons, relics burnt

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The Fire Ser­vice was yes­ter­day in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a blaze that broke out on Sun­day in an 11th-cen­tury monastery in Fokida, cen­tral Greece, de­stroy­ing a re­li­gious icon and sev­eral relics. Ac­cord­ing to the fire ser­vice, the blaze started shortly af­ter 11 p.m. from the roof of the Byzan­tine Monastery of Pana­gia Var­nakova and quickly spread to the in­te­rior. Fire­men evac­u­ated the nuns from the premises and no in­juries were re­ported. The mayor of Dorida, Gior­gos Kapet­so­nis, said the swift in­ter­ven­tion of the fire­fight­ers stopped the blaze from spread­ing into sur­round­ing forest­land. It is the second such fire at the monastery fol­low­ing one in Jan­uary 2017 when a blaze de­stroyed sev­eral rooms, in­clud­ing the li­brary. Sit­u­ated on Mount Var­dous­sia some 25 kilo­me­ters north­east of Naf­pak­tos, the monastery was built in 1077.

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