Coal Derricks (Derrick), fire, 28 Apr 1898
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DESTROYED BY FLAMES.
Two Coal Derricks in the B. R. P. Yard Burned. Loss $7,000.
One of the big derricks on the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg Railroad Company's coal dock on Ganson street caught fire shortly after 12 o'clock this afternoon. The flames quickly spread to two other derricks, and in a short space of time about $7,000 damage was done.
As soon as the fire was discovered an alarm was sounded from box 161, at the Mills Dry Dock, and the firemen and fire boats quickly responded. The derricks are of wood and iron construction and as they were thoroughly oil-soaked the fire burned fiercely. The third derrick was catching fire when the firemen arrived. Two of the derricks were completely destroyed and the damage on them will reach about $7,000. But little damage was done to the third derrick.
It is thought that a spark from a passing tug or locomotive set fire to the woodwork. The derricks were built about four years ago.
Buffalo Evening News
Thursday, April 28, 1898
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New York, United States
- William R. McNeil
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