LACKAWANNA, N.Y. - Fire crews and demolition teams are still hard at work at the site of a fire at the old Bethlehem Steel facility which started Wednesday morning.
All lanes of Route 5 between Milestrip and Ridge Roads are now open. The road was closed after it was determined at least two walls of the burned out structure were unstable and in danger of toppling onto or near the road. Numerous emergency vehicles and equipment were also staged on Route 5.
Adams and Lincoln Streets will remain closed until further notice. Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski said Lincoln Street is reserved for emergency vehicles only. He encourages people to stay away from the site of the fire and to avoid driving through the narrow streets of Bethlehem Park to allow residents and first responders to get through the neighborhood more easily.
Early Saturday afternoon some people who had been evacuated from their homes were faced with another setback when they returned. A water main break on Madison Ave left about a dozen homes without water. The Erie County Water Authority estimated it would take about two to three hours to fix the problem.
The mayor said the water main break did not affect the water supply or water pressure for firefighters because they were using hydrants on the former steel mill property. He added that the Erie County Water Authority is helping to repair two hydrants on the property despite the fact they are not the responsibility of ECWA.