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Demo of remaining 2 walls will proceed with great caution

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Two of the remaining walls from an Orleans Pallet warehouse in Albion are still standing after a massive fire on Thursday.

A demolition crew is shown in this photo taken from Washington Street at about noon today. The demolition specialists are bringing boom lifts to Albion so people can remove pieces of the remaining corner walls by hand.

The demolition experts worry that pushing a section of the wall could cause the whole thing to topple, said Ron Vendetti, the village’s code enforcement officer.

“They’re going to try to limit the damage,” he said about the towering walls’ impact on other buildings very close nearby. The two standing walls have “significant cracks,” Vendetti said.

The Albion Environmental Group is the lead contractor on the demolition. Vendetti said he expected the boom lifts would be on site this afternoon and the demolition would soon start on the two remaining walls.