New York City, NY Rectory Fire, Nov 1938
TWO PERISH IN RECTORY FIRE.
FRANCISCAN BROTHER AMONG VICTIMS OF FLAMES IN N.Y.; TWO PRIESTS INJURED.
New York, Nov. 4. -- (AP) -- Two men, one a Franciscan brother, died early today in flames which damaged upper floors of the rectory of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua.
One priest, trapped five floors above the street, was critically burned, and another was injured in leaping from a window to the roof of an adjacent building two floors below.
The dead were:
Brother JOHN CHIAZZA, 58.
JULIUS TAPPERO, 65, a cook.
Father RICHARD FAGIN, 36, was taken to Columbus Hospital, with burns of face, hands and body.
Sixty-two-year-old Father LUIGI VITALE suffered a leg injury when he leaped from the window of his room to the roof of a settlement house, a third priest, Father ANTONIN TOSTI, suffering from exposure, was hospitalized.
The blaze was discovered about 4 a.m. by a caretaker, Louis Aducci, whose shouts awakened the sleeping men on upper floors.
Father VIRGIL LIUCCI, pastor of the church, ripped his cassock and bedsheets to improvise a rope ladder, but flames forced him from his room to a ledge, from which firemen rescued him.
Daily Times News Burlington North Carolina 1938-11-04