Source: New York Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Burns Out Buffalo Police”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 2 November 1907
Volume number: 57
Issue number: 18179
|“Burns Out Buffalo Police.” New York Times 2 Nov. 1907 v57n18179: p. 1.|
|Leon Czolgosz (confession, destruction of); police department (Buffalo, NY).|
|Charles Basil; Leon Czolgosz; Charles Fries [misspelled below]; Michael Hagerty [misspelled below]; John C. Malloy; Frank Maloney; William McKinley; Dennis Ryan; George J. Scheublein [misspelled below]; Albert Witte; Henry C. Zeller.|
Burns Out Buffalo Police
Incendiary Destroys Headquarters—Czolgosz’s Original Confession Burned.
BUFFALO, N. Y., Nov. 1.—Police Headquarters,
at Franklin Street, the Terrace, and West Seneca Street, burned this afternoon.
Police records, the Rogues’ Gallery, and many important documents, including
the original copy of Leon Czolgosz’s confession of the assassination of President
McKinley, were destroyed. The fire was of incendiary origin.
Two companies of firemen were caught in the collapse of the roof and cupola and eight men were seriously injured. None will die. The injured men are Capt. Michael Haggerty and Firemen Charles Basil, George J. Schuenblim, John C. Malloy, Frank Maloney, Charles Pries, Dennis Ryan, and Albert Witte.
At 2:30 this afternoon Police Commissioner Zeller picked up a blazing newspaper in a hallway. Half an hour later a police messenger found a blazing window brush in the storeroom. He had just reached the Commissioner’s room with the smoldering brush when there was a cry of fire from the street, and flames were seen shooting from the cupola over the main entrance and from the windows on the fourth floor. The twenty prisoners were handcuffed together and marched to the jail.
The firemen apparently had the flames under control and were working on the third floor when the cupola toppled over and crashed through the roof and top floor. Two companies of men were caught in the crash. They were released after twenty minutes of hard work and eight of them taken to the hospital. The building was practically destroyed. The loss is estimated at $100,000.