Dunmore, PA Marywood College Fire, Feb 1971

Fire At Marywood Marywood After Blaze


Dunmore, Pa. (UPI) -- Nine nuns were injured and others were forced to leap to safety Monday when fire destroyed a four-story brick building at Marywood College and caused $1 million damage.
Two of the nuns, SISTER MARY VIOLET FLOAT, 30, and SISTER ROSE MARY LUDWIG, 23, were critically burned in the fire at the 71-year-old college, the nation's largest Roman Catholic girls college. The two nuns were taken to Scranton Community Medical Center.
Seven other nuns were hospitalized, including two who leaped from a fourth floor window of the burning seminary building after helping others to safety.
The two listed in guarded condition at Scranton State General Hospital, were SISTER LIZA BARNES and SISTER SHARON KELLY.
Two firemen suffered burns of the face when the fourth-floor roof collapsed and threw them down a flight of steps.
More than 250 firemen from here, Scranton and other nearby communities battled the blaze for three hours before it was brought under control.
The blaze in the seminary building which contains living quarters for 140 nuns, classrooms and a chapel was believed started in a bedroom.
FRANK DOPKO, a security guard, said he and a partner had just checked the building and walked out onto the sprawling campus when they saw a window blow out near a chimney on the fourth floor "and then flames erupted."
Firemen managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to other buildings on the 133-acre campus and to nearby homes adjoining the school grounds.
The school, with an enrollment of some 2,000 girls, has 16 buildings on the campus, six of them built in recent years.

The Pocono Record Stroudsburg Pennsylvania 1971-02-23