Probe into Peekskill firehouse collapse continues

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Investigators are still attempting to determine why a historic firehouse in Peekskill collapsed while it was being moved this week.

The Centennial Firehouse was being taken to a different spot from its location on Water Street and Central Avenue when it fell apart Thursday. The state Department of Transportation needed the 118-year-old firehouse to be moved to make room for a new bridge carrying Route 9.

Peekskill officials had to decide if the building should be demolished or moved to make way for the state DOT?s project. It was decided the firehouse would be taken down the street and then later to the nearby Lincoln Train Depot.

While in serious decay, the firehouse was going to be preserved because of its historic value. And veterans of the Centennial Fire Company are now devastated by its loss.

"It was beautiful,? says Walter Becker, who once volunteered with the fire company.

City officials say it?s too early to say if there will be any lawsuits stemming from the collapse. The company that was hired to move the building, Nicholas Brothers of Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County, has not yet responded to requests by News 12 Westchester for comment.

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