January 24, 2023 - 12:44 AMT
Two killed, two others wounded in Istanbul Armenian church fire

Two people were killed and two others were hospitalized after a fire broke out in the lodging section of the Surp Pırgiç Armenian Catholic Church in Istanbul on Monday, January 23 night, Daily Sabah reports.

In a statement from the Istanbul Governor's Office, it was announced that security, health and fire crews were immediately sent to the region after a fire was reported in the church.

After about four hours, the fire department units were able to extinguish the blaze.

Fire crews found the lifeless body of one person after putting out the fire, while another body was discovered after the arrival of investigators to the scene

Emphasizing that the fire was under control, the statement read: "Four people were evacuated in the fire, and two people affected by the smoke were sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The work of our on-duty teams at the scene of the fire continues. We offer our best wishes to the church community and the neighborhood residents. An investigation has been started on the subject."

In a separate statement to reporters, Beyoğlu District Governor Mustafa Demirelli, who arrived after receiving information about the firefighters' efforts, shared that fire at Surp Pırgiç Armenian Catholic Church's lodging broke out for unknown reasons, adding, "Our fire brigade started fire extinguishing efforts quickly. As of now, our firefighters are working on cooling."

The spiritual leader of the Armenian Catholic Community of Turkey, Levon Zekiyan, also came to the region where the incident took place.