Building collapses in Penn Yan

Updated: 06/28/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 06/28/2014 10:54 PM WHEC.com

Officials say the other half of an already damaged building collapsed on Saturday evening in Yates County.

The Penn Yan Fire Department says a portion of the Owls Nest was already damaged after devastating floods hit the area back in May. They say crews were tearing it down when the other half of the newly renovated conference center came down, taking power lines with it.

“It’s a minor setback for the community,” said Jeff Housel, Penn Yan Fire Department.

A pile of rubble is all that’s left of the Owls Nest now.

“Two individuals were on the site with excavators, and they were prepping the site for demolition. They were building a platform so they could get higher up in the air to get to the roof. During the operation something happened to the building, causing it to collapse,” said Housel.

A nearby Keuka restaurant lost power right away.

“We had a number of people in the restaurant when the power went off, and they had to leave,”said Josh Trombley, restaurant owner.

As many as eight businesses were without power. Trombley says businesses will suffer, but his main concern is rebuilding a community that’s been hit with devastation.

“It seems to be one thing after another, but we’ll get through it. Everyone sticks together, and we will with this,” Trombley said. 

No one was hurt in the collapse, but the cleanup went late into the night.

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