Buffalo, NY Erie Elevator Fire, Aug 1882

The Erie Elevator Fire.

Five Persons Burned To Death-The Loss, $450,000.

Buffalo, Aug. 25.-The loss of life in the burning of the New-York, Lake Erie and Western Railroad Company’s Elevator is now, at 11:40 A.M., definitely ascertained to be five, consisting of John C. Bannar, the engineer; John Kemp, machinist; Charles Autenbach, bin-sweeper; James H. lee, Jr., weigh master. Timothy Driscoll, sweeper, was not burned. He was blown out of the building and so seriously injured that he cannot recover. Two bodies were recovered this morning, but they were so frightfully charred as to be unrecognizable. At the time of the accident 12 men were in the building, engaged in blowing and screening a cargo of Wheat for Cyrus Clarke. Nothing positive is yet known as to the cause of the explosion, though the supposition is that it was due to an explosion of gas. The entire loss is estimated at $410,000. The elevator is estimated as worth $250,000; the wheat, corn and oats stored there at $150,000; the freight shed at $5,000; freight and lumber, $5,000. The insurance is given at $100,000 on the building, with a general insurance policy on the grain.

The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Aug 1882