PEEKSKILL -- The old 1890 Centennial Firehouse, which sat under a Route 9 overpass in the City of Peekskill, is no more.
As workers were preparing the building for a move to a new location Friday, it shifted and collapsed into a pile of rubble.
Mayor Mary Foster said it is believed that one of the hydraulics was uneven.
No one was injured, but the debris fell dangerously close to the owner of the contracting company.
Some of the structure was not destroyed, including the stone with the firehouse emblem on it, said Foster. And salvaged brick may be reused.
"A lot of the brick is very much intact, so the mover is, in fact, going to clean and move the brick over to the site where we were eventually moving the 1890 structure," she said. The city may use salvaged brick to build a smaller building or use it as part of a planned firemen's memorial.
Route 9 will be widened by the state, requiring that the old structure be moved by the city to a new home a block away near the old train station where Abraham Lincoln once spoke in 1861.
The roof of the old building had been remodeled years ago to accommodate the Route 9 overpass.
Republished with permission from MidHudsonNews.com