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FIRE !

FIRE !

In the early morning hours of Friday, August 7th, 2015 the old Cattaraugus factory building in Little Valley, NY, caught fire and went up in flames.

Even though the old building has been empty and falling apart for years, news of the fire has been a heavy blow, saddening collectors and many families who have connections to the building’s long and colorful history.

 

I have taken the liberty to collect and post some of the photographs from the fire that have been flying around the internet. I hope this does not step on anyone’s toes as far as copyrights are concerned. Most of the aftermath photos were taken by Rhonda Hutchison Ellison. She and her husband Barry live in Little Valley and own the building. These photos are used with her permission.

Arson is suspected.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory in flames.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath, one last look at the old Cattaraugus building in Little Valley, NY before the demolition began.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath, demolition work begins on
old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath, demolition work on
old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath, demolition work o
old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

 

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

Fire’s aftermath,
Old Cattaraugus factory building, Little Valley NY.

 

Fire's aftermath, demolition in progress.

Fire’s aftermath, demolition in progress.

 

As of Sept. 1st, there is still one wing standing, but the village may insist that it come down too.

As of Sept. 1st, there is still one wing standing, but the village may insist that it come down too.

 

Demolition work.

Demolition work.

 

Demolition work

Demolition work

 

Demolition work.

Demolition work. As of Sept 1st, there is still one wing standing.

 

Here is a link to a news article about the fire.

http://www.salamancapress.com/news/article_afbca834-3d15-11e5-a39e-bb0b163dd1f0.html

 

This is how the factory looked in the 40’s. The original building was only the main section and was used as the W.W. Wilson Butcher Knife factory. Cattaraugus Cutlery purchased it in the late 1800’s as their second factory. The building was added to and added to over the years as the company grew.  The small building on the far left of the photo is the office building which is still standing. The buildings on the right with the white garage door, formerly housed the George W. Korn razor manufacturing company.

Cattaraugus Factory No. 2 as it appeared in the 1940's.

Cattaraugus Factory No. 2
as it appeared in the 1940’s.

 

2 Comments

  1. Very saddened to see this history, go up in smoke. Cant bring something like this back. Sad.

    • So very true Todd, We’ve lost an historic icon.

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