Traveling from the north from the Canadian border, the British trampled the American side of Niagara Falls. The residents of Buffalo knew they were coming and most of the small town fled. Throughout the night, deserters and militiamen came through Buffalo defeated. Only few who owned establishments stayed with Dr. Creynius Chapin and a small militia. Their only cannon proved ineffective and Dr. Chapin was taken prisoner. The British began firing on the buildings and before long the entire town was in flames. There are only a handful of buildings that are still standing from that era in Buffalo today.