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April 9, 1916: 'Fire drives Mgr. Baker from altar'

While the big headline was about World War I raging in Europe, closer to home, Father Nelson Baker and two dozen parishioners fled the chapel at Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna when a blaze broke out during a morning Mass.

The headlines read: "Our Lady of Victory Chapel in Lackawanna wrecked by blaze starting as priest is celebrating Mass"
"Damage to structure estimated at $15,000"
"Children of St. John's Protectory march from building in safety when it is feared blaze will spread."

The story goes: "Crossed electric wires are believe to have started a fire that wrecked the chapel at Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna at 9 a.m. and drove Monsignor Nelson Baker, who was celebrating Mass, and two score of his parishioners into the street. No one was injured."

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April 9 1916

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