Fire badly damages 19th century church in Ukraine

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Posted: Jan 26, 2012 11:54 AM
Fire badly damages 19th century church in Ukraine

Emergency officials say a fire has badly damaged a 19th-century Orthodox church in southern Ukraine, including collapsing its dome.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire at the landmark Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral in the town of Bolhrad outside the Black Sea port of Odessa broke out Thursday during renovation work, the Emergency Situations Ministry said on its website.

The church's dome collapsed before the fire was put out.

Officials say the fire could have been caused by a violation of safety rules during the renovation.