Route 5 in Lackawanna reopens as crews continue with demolition

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) –Route 5 in Lackawanna reopened four days after being closed due to the fire at the old Bethlehem Steel Plant.

Saturday morning crews continued to break apart pieces of the building to reach some of the hot spots still burning.

Officials are asking non-residents to not travel into the neighborhoods near the steel plant as they continue to work.

Officials say the roads are narrow and they need extra room to get emergency vehicles in and out of the area in a timely manner.

Demolition wrapped up around 6 p.m. Saturday. Crews on the scene tell News 4 this is not a full-scale demolition, instead the workers are doing limited and specific demolition on certain parts of the building.

The cause of the fire is unknown, officials say an active investigation is underway.

News 4 spoke with Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski early Saturday morning about the demolition process.

Saturday was also the first full day back for people who had to be evacuated on Thursday afternoon. Some of those people did deal with water problems Saturday morning following a water main break on Madison Street. Service was eventually restored. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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