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Greek Orthodox Church wasn't required to have alarm system
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Knoxville firefighters said Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville, which was heavily damage in a fire on Sunday, wasn't required to have a fire alarm system and didn't have one in the sanctuary.

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Church members said there was talk of installing a smoke alarm system inside the church, but the treasurer advised that it would be too expensive. That same treasurer is suspected of taking several hundred thousand dollars from the congregation, but church leaders said he hasn't been charged with any crime.

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While investigators haven't determined an exact cause of the fire, officials said an electrical short or candle could have started the incident. A specialist will continue to work with investigators on Tuesday to determine what happened.

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Until they can rebuild the church, which was built in 1968, members will hold services in its community building next door.

Church leaders said insurance should cover the extensive damage, but if you would like to make a donation click here to visit a fundraising site created by the parish. Any other sites raising funds on behalf of St. George aren't affiliated with the parish and are not guaranteed to benefit the church.

Donations can also be mailed to St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37919.


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