Date: April 10th, 2010
The residents in Buffalo, New York, are left in confusion of what caused the boarded-up Buffalo State Hospital to be engulfed in flames literally over night. Shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters rushed to the site. When they noticed the flames coming out of the second-story windows, the called for some backup.
The hospital, which has been abandoned since the 1970s, proved to be a challenge for the firefighters due to its weak structure. Buffalo Fire Division Chief Jack Hess said,
“It was the last property I wanted to have on fire because we haven’t been in here for years. You don’t know what the condition of the buildings are.”
He also added,
“Even while the fire was free burning, some of the masonry on the outside collapsed right near some firefighters that were busy on the outside.”
Luckily, Chief Hess said that some firefighters narrowly missed getting hit by crumbling debris and no one was injured. However, the damage is estimated to be about $200,000. The Richardson Center Corporation released a statement saying,
“We are saddened by the building damage but are glad no one was hurt. Work to seal up the building will tale place and we will continue to advance the first phase of development.”