DUNDALK — Oct. 22 marked the 35th anniversary of a five-alarm fire that took the lives of three firefighters and rocked Dundalkians.
People still talk about it often, even now.
At 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, 1984, three firefighters who were part of a single engine crew with Dundalk Fire Station No. 6 were among the first to respond to a five-alarm fire at what was then Shiller’s Furniture on Holabird Avenue. Their names were Walter Bawroski, Henry Rayner, Jr. and James Kimbel.
The three men entered the building, meeting their demise when the structure collapsed around them. Ten other firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion and minor burns. The Dundalk Eagle reported in 1984 that approximately 150 personnel from eight fire stations were on the scene at the height of the blaze, using 35 pieces of equipment.