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Building collapses in Penn Yan

PENN YAN—The remaining portion of the Owl’s Nest collapsed Saturday afternoon, June 28. The collapse took down several power lines, leading to several businesses along Main Street losing power for much of the day.
Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said the collapse happened between 3:30 and 4 p.m. as workers were preparing the site for demolition. Part of the building had already collapsed following extensive flash flooding damage in mid-May.
“I know they were doing some prep work for demolition in there, but I don’t have the exact reason for what went wrong,” MacKerchar said. “It did come down and knocked down some power lines and a few utilities [were] out. We had crews in here from Bath and Fairport to assist our utility people and they worked throughout the night. At about 8 a.m. they had things back up and running.”
MacKerchar said the fire department was on the scene from 3:30 p.m. Saturday until everything was finally picked up at 8 a.m. Sunday morning when the power was restored. He said there was still one building without power as of Monday, June 30 due to damage to its electrical service. The mayor said village crews continued working Monday to get service back up and running to the laundromat building located along Main Street.
MacKerchar said there was no other reported damage to other buildings after the collapse. He said the initial call said there was possible entrapment of people within the collapse building, but when the fire department arrived they discovered nobody had been injured.
“There is no more Owl’s Nest anymore,” Mackerchar said. “It’s down and gone.”

 

 

 



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