Rescue at Concrete Central Grain Elevator

BUFFALO, NY - Two teenage girls had to be rescued from the massive Concrete Central grain elevator on the Buffalo River Thursday night.

City of Buffalo spokesman Mike DeGeorge tells 2 On Your Side the girls are believed to be in the 13- to 15-year-old age range. They entered the grain elevator around 5 p.m. and lost their way once inside as darkness fell.

Buffalo Police officers were called to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. and located the girls. Buffalo firefighters arrived with ladders to get them down from the structure. No injuries are reported and no charges have been filed, DeGeorge said.

A dispatcher for the Buffalo Fire Department said the rescue was complete by 9 p.m.

The nearly 100-year-old, abandoned elevator complex has an Ohio Street address in South Buffalo. According to National Park Service records, a young boy fell to his death from the roof of the structure in 1976, before the city had removed a first-floor stairway giving access to the upper levels.


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