The Dec. 27, 1983, propane explosion at a Buffalo warehouse killed five firefighters and two others.
The explosion occurred as the result of a mishandled 500-gallon propane tank that had been improperly stored in a four-story warehouse at Grosvenor and North Division streets.
The warehouse was leveled and an entire city block destroyed. The tragedy killed five firefighters and two residents, and severely injured seven other firefighters.
This year, as we remember those who died on the 30th anniversary of the explosion, a look back with a photo gallery and stories from The News' archives.
Also be sure to get Sunday's Buffalo News for Gene Warner's look back and more.
From the archives:
- Son steps into father's boots (April 22, 2012)
- Propane blast death seared into memory 5 firefighters, 2 others killed in '83 explosion (Dec. 27, 2008)
- 20 years later, the sadness of loss lingers (Dec. 28, 2003)
- 20 years can't begin to dim memory of propane blast killing 5 firefighters (Dec. 27, 2003)
- A way to remember: Memorial honors city firefighters killed on duty (Dec. 28, 2002)
- Monument honors fallen firefighters (Dec. 26, 2001)
- Anniversary of explosion observed by firefighters (Dec. 28, 1998)
- Fire Department honors explosion victims (Dec. 28, 1997)
- All claims settled in explosion; $5.6 million paid out in 1983 propane blast (Dec. 24, 1993)
- Kin lose bid to sue city in death, injury of firefighters as appellate court rules in propane blast case (Feb. 1, 1992)
- City claims 'minimal liability' in gas blast; attorneys believe that blaming dispatcher is tenuous, won't hold up (March 8, 1990)
- City's claim of exemption mulled; ruling expected soon in propane-explosion case (Dec. 27, 1989)
The Buffalo News from Dec. 28-29, 1983: