April 25, 1967
10:58 a.m.
St.Lawrence the Martyr church fire, April 25, 1967, 10:58 a.m.
On Tuesday, April 25, 1967 at 10:58 a.m., a sudden flash fire completely destroyed a Sayville landmark...St. Lawrence the Martyr Church.  The entire 120 foot by 40 foot church was engulfed in flames that could be seen for miles.  The burning church was only one problem...about 30 feet east of the church was the parochial school with 700 children attending classes inside.  All of the children were evacuated safely from the school as soon as the alarm sounded.  About 10 feet west of the church was the three story, stucco and wood rectory.  The rectory was saved by the fire department.  The church, however, was a total loss.
St. Lawrence the Martyr church fire,  April 25, 1967,  10:58 a.m.






View of the east side of the church
St. Lawrence the Martyr church fire,  April 25, 1967,  10:58 a.m.







View of the west side of the church
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