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Demetra Scutates of East Meadow sheds a tear as parishioners of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Merrick celebrate Mass in their parking lot after a fire severely damaged the church Friday night. (Aug. 11, 2013)(Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Fire damages St. Demetrios Church in Merrick

A fire that engulfed St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Merrick on the night of Aug. 9 was caused by a lit candle, authorities said. The blaze destroyed the church's main entrance and a second-story choir loft, while water and smoke damaged the sanctuary.