FATAL FIRE IN BUFFALO.
On January 28, at Buffalo, N. Y., the Seneca building at 101-110 Seneca street—devoted altogether to business firms—was burned, with a loss of at least $50,000. Unfortunately three firemen perished. About twenty of them were on the roof of the Heywood building, adjoining the Seneca, fighting against a spread of the flames, when two thick brick walls of the Seneca building collapsed. Tons of debris from the crumbling walls crashed down upon the roof of the lower Heywood building, going through the roof and carrying floor after floor into the basement. Not one of the twenty-six men escaped without some injury; but half of them were able to fight their way out and give aid to their less fortunate comrades. With the exception of three, the others were rescued, many being badly, but not necessarily dangerously hurt. The collapse of the wall took place after the fire in the main building was well under control, and the firemen were working to save adjoining property. Companies 4 and 8 were on the top floor of the next building to the east, wetting down the walls, when one of the inner walls of the destroyed structure collapsed, carrying two other heavy brick walls with it. The building was known as the Columbus hotel during the Pan-American Exposition.