The early morning blaze caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the three-story Orthodox church in the 1500 block of Green Street, fire officials said.
The Orthodox faith celebrated Easter yesterday, and holiday services were held as scheduled at Holy Trinity just a few hours after the fire was extinguished, said Christopher Sokolov, a subdeacon with the church.
The blaze, reported shortly after 6 a.m., apparently started in a small ground-floor chapel. No one was injured from the flames and the fire was under control at 7:20 a.m., said San Francisco fire Lieutenant Edward Campbell.
The church was built in 1909, following the destruction of an earlier cathedral in the 1906 earthquake. Founded in 1857, Holy Trinity was the first parish of the Orthodox faith in San Francisco and is the oldest Orthodox church in the continental United States.
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