A UKRAINIAN Orthodox church in East Oak Lane was severely damaged during a four-alarm fire yesterday.
The fire was reported about 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Protectress Ukrainian Church, on 12th Street near 66th Avenue.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to find smoke billowing from the roof, Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said. The flames continued to spread along the roof, prompting officials to ring the fourth alarm.
More than 100 firefighters responded, and the blaze was eventually put under control at 3:19 p.m. - but not before the damage was done, with flames tearing through the entire building and spreading to a school connected to the church.