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Public to get look at Lindenhurst firehouse damage

The Village of Lindenhurst was founded by Thomas

The Village of Lindenhurst was founded by Thomas and Abbey Wellwood in 1870. The town had been known as Wellwood until that year, when it was named Breslau after the hometown of its German settlers. The village was renamed Lindenhurst in 1891 and became an incorporated village in 1923. (Credit: Alexi Knock, 2011)

Lindenhurst Village is opening its main firehouse to the public on Sunday, offering residents a chance to look at the damage that might necessitate a new building.

The Wellwood Avenue firehouse was damaged by a fire in 1978 and also is too small for modern vehicles, officials said. One engineering study done last year on the 1923 building concluded that repairing the structure bordered “on impossible.”

But a second study found that “critical structural components remain stable and salvageable.” Officials are looking into whether to rebuild or retrofit the house. A public forum on the issue will be held in June.

The firehouse will be open from noon to 5 p.m. and will have photographs of its damage. Officials will also be on hand to answer questions.

The open house is part of the village’s Springfest celebration on Wellwood Avenue, which lasts from Friday evening to Sunday evening and will feature rides, food, classic cars and musical performances.

Tags: Lindenhurst , fire , department , damage , open , house

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