Buffalo, N.Y., man lives in bunker home

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BUFFALO, N.Y., May 31 (UPI) -- A Buffalo, N.Y., firefighter said he discovered a man living in a 6-foot deep underground bunker while investigating a fire.

James O'Neill said he discovered the bunker in an isolated area in the city's northern region and spoke with its inhabitant, the Buffalo News reported Thursday.


"It's not the Marriott hotel by any means but this man has made it comfortable down there," O'Neill said. "He cooks his meals, eats and has been sleeping down there for about six years.

"Some people would call him homeless, but he's a clean, well-spoken guy. When I spoke to him, he was reading a novel by Joseph Wambaugh."

O'Neill, who wouldn't reveal the man's name or the specific location of the bunker out of concern for the man's privacy, told the News the bunker's electronics run off old car batteries and the bathroom houses a small, portable toilet.

The man told O'Neill the bunker, which has a ceiling made of wood and roofing material, took him two years to dig.

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