Remembering 6 FDNY Firefighters Killed at Soap Factory Fire 48 Years Ago Today

Today we remember the six FDNY firefighters killed on Oct. 26, 1962—48 years ago today—at the Sefu Soap and Fat Co. Fire in Queens.

• Captain William Russell; Engine 325
• Firefighter James Marino; Engine 325
• Firefighter Richard Andrews; Engine 325
• Firefighter George Zahn; Engine 238
• Firefighter Richard Gifford; Engine 238
• Firefighter Francis Egan; Ladder 115

More than 20 firefighters were working at a four-alarm fire in a soap factory when a side wall and part of the second floor gave way, trapping them on the factory’s first floor. Six of the firefighters died, and multiple others were injured.

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