A fire has ripped through The Trinity Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia, an 18th Century church famed for its 80-metre-high central dome made of wood.
The blaze reportedly began after a spark from a welder's lamp caused gas cylinders to explode.
Firefighters and volunteers raced to rescue icons and paintings hanging in the cathedral.
Everything that could be removed was grabbed and carried from the building.
The precious paintings were carried across the street to safety.
Debris from the burning dome rained down on the surrounding area.
People took shelter as best they could.
The central dome and one of the surrounding four cupolas, which can be seen in this file photo, have collapsed, according to fire officials.