While having some ice cream Dally informs Pony and Johny on what is happening back home. Dally shares with Ponyboy a note that Soda wrote for him to let him know that he is doing fine.
Thanks. (reads the note)
Here's a note that Soda told me to give you.
Dally is lecturing Johny like a parent on how the boys really care for him and the fact that they don't want him going to jail because then they would lose him and probably not see him for a long time. After all that, Dally commands Johny and Ponyboy to get out of the car because he realizes the church is on fire.
Crackel, pop, crackel, pop the fire goes as Johny and Ponyboy race to see what is happening. They notice Cherry and they ask her what happened. Cherry tells them that the kids are still inside of the church and informs them of what the firemen saw at the seen. When Johny hears that there was a lit cigarette, he believes that the fire is his fault. He doesn't want to go to jail so he decides that the only solution is to save the kids, so him and Pony go running and jump through the window.
Johny and Pony are now in the classroom with the kids and they start helping them out the window one by one until there are no kids left. Suddenly right as they are about to leave, the building comes crashing down like an avalanche.
Pony and Johny are in the ambulance because of the building crashing down on them from the fire. Pony wakes up and doesn't know where he is because he had never been in an ambulance before. Pony and the EMT start talking and the first thing the EMT has to say is how incredulous they were and then Pony asks him all kinds of questions. Finally, they arrive at the hospital and Pony sees the other EMTs carrying Johny on a stretcher. He notices Johny's face and isn't happy with what he sees as the EMTs rush him to the emergency room.
Pony and Soda finally see each other again and get to catch up on all of the events that have happened. Pony informs Soda that he read his letter but the first thing on their minds is Johny. He is the pet of the gang and they wonder if he will be ok.