IRAQ: Fire breaks out on grounds of Mor Gorgis Church in Bashiqa, no one injured

BASHIQA, Iraq — A fire of unknown origin broke out on the grounds of the Syriac Orthodox Mor Gorgis Church in the Nineveh Plains town of Bashiqa. Civil Defense teams in the town were quickly able to extinguish the flames. No one was injured in the fire.

The fire comes just days after the horrific wedding hall fire that claimed over 100 lives in Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniya).

Informed sources reported that the fire at Mor Gorgis broke out in the grass and warehouse of the church’s kindergarten.

There were conflicting opinions about the cause of the fire, with some saying that it broke out due to an electrical short circuit in the church complex, while others said that it was started intentionally.