November 10, 1984 - A spectacular 3rd alarm at the Janes United Methodist Church located at 174 Reid Ave corner of Monroe Street in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. I was hanging out with Tom Savage. At about 2128 Hours, a 10-75 was transmitted for a fire at Greene & Classon Avenues. We liked to sit by Engine 211 & Ladder 119's quarter's which is near the BQE. We arrived at the job in abot 4 minutes. The fire was put out before our arrival. While at this job we heard a 2nd alarm transmitted on arrival for a church fire. We ran to my car, as Rescue 2 members ran to their rig and responded to the fire, which was about 15 blocks away. While responding the 37 Battalion said he had a fully involved church and requested two additional Tower Ladders. We could see the glow in the sky. When we arrived at the scene we saw this Church with fire coming out of every window and doorway and through the roof. The church was celebrating it's 125th anniversary. I took B&W and color photos. The fire went to 3 alarms. ( I was told by a fire dispatcher that a fourth alarm was transmitted, but for some reason it never was transmitted to the Brooklyn Communications Office). The fire destroyed the Church. The next morning I came back to get aftermath photos. It was one of the most spectacular church fires that I have ever seen.

Spectacular fire conditions, as Tower ladder 124 is setting up. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

Tower Ladder 124 is starting to operate on the blaze. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

A handline is used to cool off the firefighters who are in Ladder 124's bucket, as more lines are being stretched. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

An incredible fire condition throughout the Church. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

Tower ladder 119 ("The Tower of Power") just pulled up at the scene, as fire is blowing out of the Rosary Window above the main entrance to the Church. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

All firefighters could do was to protect the exposures. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

Eventually the Church collapsed. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

Associated Press asked me to go back the next morning to get aftermath photos. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

All that's left of the front of the Church. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

The same spot where i took photos the night before. The Church was a total loss. Photo taken on November 10, 1984.

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