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April 8, 2013

Wind knocks down historic Goshen industrial building

GOSHEN — Monday’s high winds brought down a historic Goshen building.

In the early afternoon, strong winds collapsed part of a second story wall on a vacant warehouse building located at 601 Lincoln Ave. The building dates to the early 1900s and was used as part of the Goshen Churn and Ladder factory complex.

The building is on the property that now belonging to Closet Craft.

Closet Craft owner Rolando Ortiz was not present at the time of the collapse but he received a call about it.

“I had just come back from spring break,” he said.

Ortiz said he knew that the building was unstable and had a large crack in the exterior but that he could not afford to repair the building.

The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts in Goshen of 28 miles per hour at about 1 p.m. and then stronger gusts up to 40 mph later in the afternoon.

Goshen Historical Museum curator David Garber was at the scene late Monday afternoon taking pictures.

“It’s a shame,” he said.

Garber said the factory employed many people going back, possibly to 1905, although he wasn’t sure the collapsed portion was that old.

Garber said that the building had not been in use since the 1980s and that it fell into disrepair.

Ortiz said that he has the property insured for clean up and that the building will be demolished.

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