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Half of Albion warehouse is down

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The back wall of Orleans Pallet by the railroad tracks and the east side of the building have joined the smoldering rubble after being knocked down by contractors late this afternoon.

Those walls were the most worrisome from a safety standpoint, especially the east wall. Firefighters worried the towering wall might topple onto Empire Coatings, Inc.

Environmental Construction Group in Albion is leading the demolition of the three-story Medina sandstone warehouse that burned Thursday.

The thick sandstone walls have been credited with containing the blaze and helping to reduce heat to the neighboring property owned by Empire Coatings.

Firefighters have also stayed on the scene since about 4 p.m. A crew from the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company was on scene when I stopped by at about 7 p.m. They were keeping the hot pile doused with water.

Contractors are expected to work over the weekend on knocking down the other walls.