Fire breaks out at Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine in Brazil

Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecid Picture of the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida taken on the day of the patron saint of Brazil, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on Oct. 12, 2022. | Photo by CAIO GUATELLI/AFP via Getty Images

A fire broke out yesterday morning in the Chapel of the Candles at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo state, Brazil.

The fire started around 8 a.m. local time. According to the Marian shrine, the fire started because a candle had been placed on a pew.

Firefighters responded quickly after the start of the fire and brought it under control. No injuries have been reported.

The Chapel of the Candles is one of the most visited spaces in the Aparecida Shrine. The faithful light candles of various sizes as they pray and give thanks to God.

According to the shrine, under the chapel there is a space where the melted wax is deposited and, on a busy weekend, about 10 tons of wax are collected.

In addition, the chapel has filters and exhaust fans to remove the contamination caused by the burning wax.

This story was first published by ACI Digital, CNA’s Portuguese-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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