Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the Collins Block fire, the single deadliest fire in Syracuse Fire Department history. On that date in 1939, members were called to the Collins building, 225 E. Genesee St., at approximately 2 a.m. While working at the scene of the fire, at approximately 4 a.m., the roof of the cellar collapsed. Eight Syracuse firefighters fell to the cellar and perished after being pinned underneath tons of bricks and debris. On February 6, 1939, a ninth member suffered a heart attack at home and died. His death was attributed to the work he performed at the Collins Block fire.
Every year on the anniversary of Collins Block, the Fire Department holds a memorial service at Firefighters Memorial Park at the corner of E. Fayette and Townsend Streets to remember all Syracuse Firefighters that have died in the line-of-duty, protecting lives and property in our city.
This morning at 9:30 a.m. The Syracuse Fire Department and Syracuse Fire Fighters Association, Local 280, held this year’s Memorial service honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.