Old firehouse to meet wrecking ball


HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Demolition workers were busy tearing down a vacant firehouse in Hanover Township.

The township manager told our news-gathering partners at the Times Leader that the building was in imminent danger of collapsing. A side wall facing an alley near a home was buckling.

Crews started taking it down on Thursday, with plans to have it down by Tuesday or Wednesday.

"We're in the process of tearing this down through the weekend, the holiday, or whatever it takes for the safety of others so that nobody gets injured here," says B. Redmond Enterprises consultant Bob Hoyt.

"It's sad. It's too bad it couldn't be saved for a community building or something like that, but if it has to go, it has to go. It's better to be safe than sorry," says neighbor Kim Lux.

Hoyt says the brick will be ground up into fill, some of which could be used to fill in the foundation.

He says engineers had checked the building and found it was structurally unsafe. Hoyt says they've already removed two garage add-on structures.

Lee Park will get bigger without the firehouse, and Lux has heard about ideas for a new memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

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