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Page 5, 18th February 1949 — Fr. James Johnston, S.J., lost his life in a fire
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Fr. James Johnston, S.J., lost his life in a fire

which destroyed a wing of the Jesuit House of Studies, Milltown Park, Dublin, on Friday last. Fr. Johnston was 32.

The fire, which broke out in the early hours of the morning, while 32 priests were sleeping in the building. started in the tailor's shop and spread with alarming rapidity.

When it was believed that everyone had been taken out of the building a roll call was taken and it was found that Fr. Johnston was missing. Fr. Kevin Smyth, S.J., at once tried to get back into the blazing wing, but was beaten back by the intense heal.

Later, Fr. Johnston's body was found buried under debris outside his room. Another priest and one student were injured whilst making the escape from the blazing building.

One priest, Fr. Edmund Power, Si., who was trapped at the top of the building, stood at his window and despite the closeness of the flames, waited until the fire brigade ran up a ladder to assist him to safety.




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