WNYers to remember dark day in local history

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – On Saturday, Western New Yorkers will pause to remember a dark day in local history.

A memorial service will be held to mark the 60th anniversary of the tragic fire at the Cleveland-Hill Annex in Cheektowaga. It was March 31, 1954 when fire tore through the school building, killing 15 students.

The sixth graders were in the middle of music class when the furnace exploded.

In March 2004, one woman told News 4, “My mother never got over it. She always said that she heard him calling her, always at night.”

Saturday’s remembrance event will begin at 11 a.m. at Cleve-Hill High School.

The actual anniversary is on Monday.

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