Monday, December 4

A forest fire burns down an early medieval chapel in the Ourense municipality of Oimbra

The fire that affects the municipality of Oimbra (Ourense), started in the parish of As Chas on Sunday, has burned the high medieval chapel of San Ana. The mayor of Oimbra, Ana María Villarino, explains that the fire started shortly before 5 p.m. 00 hours on the road that goes to As Chas and that later changed the direction of the wind and went towards Casa dos Montes, so “it ended up trapping the chapel, which is in the middle of the mountain”, according to Europa Press.

The parish where the great fire of Boiro began was especially watched for its “high incendiary activity”

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Villarino relates that the fire started on the roof and destroyed the entire interior of the temple, including the figure of the saint. The flames left only the walls in their wake. The mayor assures that the chapel is going to be restored and that she has already discussed the matter with the Ministers of Culture, Román Rodríguez, and of Rural Affairs, José González.

The priest of the parish, adds the councilor, has also spoken with the bishop of Ourense, Leonardo Lemos Montanet. According to Villarino, he has also expressed his willingness to rebuild the building. The fire has destroyed 70 hectares in Oimbra and is still active. Six planes and four helicopters have participated in the extinction tasks, according to the Xunta.

In this temple, the main pilgrimage of Oímbra is celebrated every July 26.