Fire at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church In Somerville

By William Tauro

Firefighters from multiple communities were dispatched at about 7:21PM on Wednesday for a 2nd alarm fire box located at 29 Central Street in Somerville at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church fir a gas fed fire on floor 2.

SFD Press Release:

At 721 pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 the Somerville Fire Department received a fire alarm from fire box 2143 which is located at the Greek Orthodox Church at 29 Central Street. Fire companies arrived within minutes from the Somerville Avenue fire station. An active fire was found burning in the front vestibule of the church with a very heavy smoke condition inside. The building was unoccupied at the time. Fires in churches can present a number of challenges due to high ceilings and void spaces. A Second Alarm was quickly sounded bringing all Somerville fire companies and assistance from Cambridge to the scene.

The fire was confined to the front vestibule, however, the interior of the church suffered extensive smoke damage and water damage to a basement kitchen area. The fire remains under investigation but is not considered suspicious. Initial reports that the fire was gas fed were unfounded. The properly working fire alarm system which provided immediate notification to the fire department via the city alarm box system no doubt saved the church from what could have been a total loss.

Photo courtesy of Somerville FD.

District Fire Chief Matthew Wall and Firefighter Joshua Wallace examine fire damage in the vestibule of the Greek Church following a Second Alarm fire on September 15,2021.

Additional photos by Harry Agritha

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