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.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

PASSAIC BURNING



LABOR DAY 1985

Fire leveled 18 factories and 23 homes in the City of Passaic and led to the death of a mutual aid firefighter.

Investigators blamed two boys who were playing with matches at the Gera Mills Industrial Park.

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Photos: City of Passaic








Monday, July 12, 2021

FRANKLIN LAKES - 2019



Photo: ABC7


An arson fire leveled the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes on Dec. 12, 2019.

James Mayers, 27, was found not guilty by reason of insanity, committed to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital and ordered to remain under court supervision until December 2049, according to NorthJersey.com.

At a 2020 court hearing, psychiatrist Steven Simring characterized Mayers as "religiously preoccupied" and hoping to reach "religious purity" by setting a blaze.

LAKE DENMARK - 1926





On July 10, 1926, a lightning bolt set off a blast at the Lake Denmark Naval Ammunition Storage Depot in Rockaway Township. The disaster killed 21 people and destroyed almost 200 build
ings.