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From the archives: Dec. 27, 1983, propane blast kills 7, including 5 firefighters

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 explosion also severely injured seven other firefighters.

Three years ago, on the 30th anniversary of the explosion, Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner looked back at the tragedy and talked to survivors.

Photo gallery:

The Buffalo News from Dec. 28-29, 1983:

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The Buffalo News: Dec. 28, 1983 (5)

The Buffalo News: Dec. 29, 1983

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