The cigarettes started the fire, and now we left the children in danger.
Ponyboy and Johhny talk with Dally about turning themselves to the police for killing Bob the Soc at the park because they were tired of running and having to live in the abandoned church. They traveled to the church and were greeted with a wild surprise
As they drove back to the abandoned church, they happened to find that the church was on fire, and people of the town gathering around it. After hearing the people around him, they realized that there were kids inside the church, and the people were scared as if they were being attacked.
Knowing that they started the fire, they jumped through the burning church seeing the kids in fear. One by one, they took them outside the church with the smoke making the task much more difficult. The flames of fire ran and spread it's burning embers over anywhere it pleased.
Ponyboy came out of the church with fire on his back, and when Dally noticed it, he smacks the fire on his back. It leaves Pony fainted on the ground, and to his perspective, the world goes into complete darkness and all his thoughts had eluded him.
Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally were taken on ambulances after what happened at the church. Once Pony woke up, he was apprehensive and thought that he and the others would be taken to the police, but was soon told that they were going to the hospital to heal their injuries.
Ponyboy who was mildly injured saw Johnny and Dally who were in stretchers. Soon Sodapop and Darry to the hospital, so worried of their younger brother. Joyful and surprise, Ponyboy ran with his arms wide and hugged his two brothers.