Buffalo, NY Masten Park High School Fire, Mar 1912

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Special to the Syracuse Herald

Buffalo, March 27. -- Masten Park High school, one of Buffalo's four big high schools, situated at Masten and Best streets, was completely destroyed by fire shortly after noon today. Only one person was injured, the fire fortunately having broken out during the noon recess. The high school was built about twelve years ago and was valued at $225,000.

Frank S. Fosdick, principal of the school, was injured. Mr. Fosdick is the father of Raymond Fosdick, New York's commissioner of accounts.

Syracuse Herald, Syracuse, NY 27 Mar 1912



One Thousand Boys and Girls File Out as Building is Destroyed.

Buffalo, Mar. 28. -- In a fire at the Masten Park high school, caused by an explosion of chemicals, over 1,000 boys and girls filed out in perfect order.

As the last of the line was leaving falling bricks hit several of the pupils, but none was seriously hurt. Principal Frank S. Fosdick was slightly injured.

The school building was a total loss. It was erected at a cost of $240,000.

Evening Telegram, Elyria, OH 28 Mar 1912

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