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WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN — The owner of Sunshine Greenhouse on Route 228, Mark Kocon, stands before what's left of a $300,000 boiler and cement structure used to heat the greenhouses. This Butler Eagle photograph by staffer Gary P. Goerk was published June 3, 1985, documenting the aftermath of May 31, 1985 tornado.

Six people died in Butler County 36 years ago Monday when a tornado touched down in the county about 8:30 p.m. May 31, 1985. It cut a 27-mile swath of destruction and caused an estimated $15 million in damages.

The storm was part of an outbreak of at least five tornadoes in Western Pennsylvania that killed 64 people, injured more than 700 and caused at least $200 million damage.