Orthodox Easter Day blaze in London Serbian restaurant

by 1389 on May 6, 2016

in 1389 (blog admin), Pascha (Easter), Serbia, UK

eBritić has the story:

FIFTY EIGHT firefighters battle to control a blaze at the Corner Terrace “Otadzbina” restaurant in Ealing on Orthodox Easter.

The fire broke out early on Sunday 1 May at the eatery which also affected adjoining flats where fire crews rescueed two men. Six local fire stations sent 58 firefighters to deal with the blaze. By 8am the fire was under control but Uxbridge Road, one of the city’s most congested major roads, was closed until 10am.
A spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade said: “Fire crews from Acton, Ealing, Chiswick, Park Royal, Hammersmith and Wembley fire stations attended” adding that the cause of the fire was not known at present.
The Corner Terrace is one of the few Serbian restaurants in Britain and is a much loved place for London’s community to gather. That evening an Easter party was planned featuring Koki + Bobi (Koki Jankov and Boban Mojsovski) but the most recent post on the restaurant’s facebook page is apolegetic but still gracious to wish patrons our traditional Easter greeting:

Obavestavamo nase goste da restoran Nece raditi. Rano jutros imali smo nesrecu zapalio nam se zadnji dio restorana, izvinjavamo se svim nasim gostima I hvala na razumevanju. Izaci cemo iz ovoga jos jaci I bolji. HRISTOS VOSKRESE!!! Vas Corner Terrace

The sad news brings the number of 2016 Easter Day fires to five – four are from Orthodox communities in the Diaspora. This fire precedes the fire which sacked St Sava’s Church in NYC by just 17 hours. That investigation is ongoing with the Daily Mail reporting as “suspicious” but the most recent New York Post quoting investigators as saying that the candles may not have been fully extinguished. The same paper also reported on concerns from the Serbian community, some of whom have queried the presumed coincidence line, saying that Serbs had successfully lobbied Pope Francis to delay the canonisation of controversial WW2 “Croatian Nazi supporter Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac”.

Read this article in Ealing Today

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