Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Thursday, October 24, 2019


: Passionist Historical Archives Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Fire raged at St. Michael’s Monastery Church in Union City on May 31, 1934, leaving charred ruins.

A dozen people were hurt. A worker's torch apparently sparked the blaze.

The entire interior of the 65-year-old structure was destroyed," The New York Times said. "The great copper dome crashed into the nave from a height of 200 feet.

"When the flames were brought under control, only the walls of the church and the stone part of the two fa├žade towers were standing," the Times said.