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Ervay Street Methodist Church Fire (1964)

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Silent | 1964

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  •  A powerful water stream causes flying debris 
  •  The blazing church from afar 
  •  Climbing up a latter, a firefighter sprays through a window 
  •  Intense smoke swirls around the cross 
  •  Intersection of South Blvd. and Ervay St.  
  •  Sign for the church masses 
  •  A foreboding shot of the damaged church 
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In this 1964 fotoage, firefighers with the Dallas Fire Department battle flames and billowing smoke while working to extinguish a fire at the Ervay Street Methodist Church in South Dallas. The church suffered damages from two fires that year: one in January due to arson and one in March from unknown causes. As the church appears to have been in use prior to the blaze, we can deduce that this footage documents the first fire.
The Dallas Firefighters Museum’s film collection captures a variety of activities performed by the Dallas Firefighters.  While a few films focus on fire fighting and training, most feature community events such as the fair, toy repair, pump races, and even a Miss Flame pageant.
The Dallas Firefighter's Museum is housed in one of the city's oldest fire stations; the building served as a working fire station from the time it was built in 1907 until 1975, when the museum took over. The museum aims to preserve the rich history of the Dallas Fire Department through exhibits and educational experiences. The museum’s primary goal is to teach fire safety to children and widen its outreach to the Dallas community. Visit their website at http://www.dallasfiremuseum.com.