Fire Destroys Historic Railroad Depot

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM EDT

SALAMANCA (WKBW) A few charred brick walls are all that's left of the historic Salamanca train depot after a massive afternoon fire.

"The flames they were outrageous, the pine trees going through here are all burnt," Salamanca resident Michael Showers said.

Six companies and roughly thirty firefighters spent an hour and a half fighting flames that totally destroyed this well-known building, in a small community know for its railroad history.

"Any fire is a big deal, but it is a piece of Salamanca history. You hate to see any of your history leave," fire chief Nick Bocharsky said.

The building, which is about a hundred years old, has been vacant for decades, leading firefighters to call this fire suspicious.

"Right now we're looking at a few leads. The police are being assisted by the Catt County fire investigation team and interviewing people. We have it down to an area of origin and it looks possibly like a human hand was involved," Bocharsky added.

But the historic train station is not the only historic building in the City of Salamanca to catch fire in recent years. In May of 2010, the hundred year old Fancher furniture company factory burned to the ground. Five teenagers were arrested for that fire that caused more that a million dollars in damage.

"So many things in this town you'll miss, they're going to pot. But that's the name of life," local resident Bill Stone said.