New Pumping Station at Buffalo Collapses

Issue 4 and Volume 50.

New Pumping Station at Buffalo Collapses On June 30, 1911, about 9:30 a. m., the new brick, steel and concrete structure which was to have housed Buffalo’s five new 30,000,000 gallon pumping engines, collapsed without warning, killing eight men and injuring five others. Nearly 200 feet of the roof went down, and corresponding stretches of brick walls, 200 feet long by 75 feet in height, fell flat. The ends of the building remained intact, as did about 75 feet of the side walls and the roof at each end. ft is fortunate that the building was empty, the machinery having not yet been installed. The men working on the roof, some glaziers and several men working at a hoisting engine in the building, were buried under the debris, it is held that although portions of the side walls are standing with the end walls, they are so hadly strained that…

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