'Unsafe' Yonkers firehouse remains closed

A Yonkers firehouse remains closed after it was deemed "unsafe" Saturday by city engineers.

Officers with the Rescue 1 and Ladder 71 units were forced to move their equipment and personal belongings from the station on School Street after cracks were discovered on the sides of the building. Officials say the conditions inside the historic building have been deteriorating for years and this past winter made the situation worse.

Wooden barricades have been placed on the sidewalks to prevent people from walking directly in front of the firehouse and getting hurt.

With Rescue 1 and Ladder 71 units relocated to other fire stations, fire officials admit it will increase response times to some areas.

Weather permitting, scaffolding will be placed on the outside of the firehouse to protect pedestrians who are walking.

Engineers are continuing to assess the building damage to decide whether it can reopen following the safety concerns. The fate of the building has yet to be determined.

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