Demolition: Back corner by railroad tracks will go down first

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Demolition contractors are on site and working to knock down the warehouse that was engulfed in flames on Thursday.

The structure has been declared unsafe by Village Code Enforcement Officer Ron Vendetti. The Village Board called an emergency meeting at 9 a.m. today and supported the demolition of the Orleans Pallet structure at the corner of Hamilton Street and West Avenue.

Contractors, led by the Environmental Construction Group of Albion, are expected to work over the weekend to knock down the walls of the three-story warehouse.

Crews are starting in the northeast corner of the structure that seems the most compromised. They will push in the walls, trying to remove a public hazard.

Vendetti has shut down operations at part of Empire Coatings, a neighboring building, until the east wall is taken down. That wall, if left standing, could topple on a building owned by Empire Coatings.

Environmental Construction Group is being assisted with the project by Empire Wrecking of Rochester. Canaan Environmental of Spencerport is also on scene and will do air-monitoring tests during the knockdown.

Firefighters will also stay on scene and will spray water to reduce the spread on any air contaminants.

Crews will start the demolition with the back corner of the warehouse.