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A Fearful Catastrophe.

The Roof of the Buffalo Depot Falls
A Number of Persons Killed.
(Special to the News)

Buffalo, Feb. 8th, 1881, 2 p.m.

One of the most terrible catastrophes which has occurred in this city
for some time, happened about 9 o'clock this morning. The roof of the old
Central depot on Exchange street, which was covered with a great depth of
snow, fell in with a terrible crash. An alarm was sounded and the fire
department were soon at the scene of the disaster, and were closely followed
by an immense crowd of people. The firemen immediately commenced to remove
the debris, and with five hundred of the Central employes and several
engines are still engaged in removing the heavy timbers. The new addition
to the depot which was built last summer still remains standing, but the
property is extensively damaged. At the time the roof and walls fell a Lake
Shore train which was standing in the depot had all of its cars smashed and
is a total wreck. Superintendent Burrows and other officials are busy
engaged in superintending the clearing up of the wreck. Among the killed
are Henry Waters, who was in the building at the time the accident occurred.
Waters was private secretary to Mr. Tillinghast. A great number of others
are missing. A tug boat captain named Burns, and Judge Grimes of
Grimesville, were badly injured.
Owing to the intense excitement which prevails at the present time it is
difficult to obtain full particulars.

- Batavia Daily News, February 9-1881

 

-Submitted by Linda C. Schmidt

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