In Finland, an 18th-century wooden church burned down during a Christmas service (photo)

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An 18th century wooden church burned down during a Christmas service in Finland (photo)

At the time of the fire, there were about 30-40 people in the temple. The police suspect that the historic church was set on fire on purpose.

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In the Finnish village of Rautjärvi, in South Karelia, an 18th-century wooden church caught fire during a Christmas service, and it completely burned down. This is reported by Yle.

In Finland, during the Christmas service, a wooden church of the 18th century burned down (photo)

In Finland, during the Christmas service, a wooden church of the 18th century burned down (photo)

The fire in the temple building occurred on December 25 at 8:30 in the morning, half an hour after the start of the service. Rescuers initially responded to automatic fire alarms, but the situation escalated into a major fire on the spot.

“The priest said into the microphone that there was a fire in the hall, go out through the side doors. Yes, he went out very quickly. These windows really rattled, and there was already quite a strong flame in the hall,” the parishioner said.

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A wooden church from the 18th century burned down during a Christmas service in Finland (photo)

At the time of the fire, there were about 30-40 people in the temple.

The police suspect that the historic wooden church was set on fire intentionally. During the on-site inspection, the police found signs of a crime, in connection with which a preliminary investigation was launched under the article vandalism under aggravating circumstances.