Leadership

Buffalo General Alarm Fire Causes Million Dollar Loss

Issue 4 and Volume 107.

Buffalo General Alarm Fire Causes Million Dollar Loss Other Blazes in Four-Day Period Up Total Losses to Nearly $2,000,000 THE first official general alarm fire in the history of the Buffalo, N. Y., Fire Department recently caused an estimated $1,000,000 damage to the 10-story brick, steel and concrete building owned by the Bison Waste & Wiper Co. The blaze, in a heavily industrialized area of the city, was the first really large fire directed by Charles W. O’Halloran, recently named fire commissioner of Buffalo. More than one dozen firemen and civilians were injured during the long battle on March 15, 1954, and one fireman died of a heart attack, believed to have been brought on by exertion while fighting the fire. The general alarmer also was the signal for a series of other serious fires, two of them multiple alarms. Damage from the fires during an extremely busy fourday period…

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