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Rotting beam causes roof reconstruction delay at Danielson firehouse

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DANIELSON, CT (WFSB) -

A rotted beam at the Borough of Danielson Firehouse has put a delay on a major roof repair at the building.

Danielson Borough officials told Eyewitness News on Wednesday contractors had to stop doing work on the roof about two weeks ago because they found one rotted wooden beam that is in the lowest part of the roof, which is where excess water collects.

Last month, the contractors were in the middle of repairing and reshingling the roof of the firehouse when they found the problem. They had to stop work since the rotted beam was outside the scope of the project and the grant paying for the work.

"Because we're using state historic money, we can't replace anything until they're OK with the type of wood we use," said Fire Commissioner Lynn Laberge.

In the past two weeks, engineers have surveyed the problem and are discussing the next best step to make in the repairs with various departments.

While the project is delayed, some more damage has been made to the firehouse due to the recent stormy weather. A heavy bucket of tar blew off the main roof, which punched a hole in the lower roof of the adjoining bay. This created a new water leak in the ceiling, which spills onto the floor.

"You know what it is with old buildings," said Laberge. "You start to tear into things and you find a mess."

The Borough Firehouse Rehab Project received a $150,000 state grant in addition to a $200,000 loan from Putnam Bank to help repair the 1908 building.

Project leaders told Eyewitness News that they aren't sure how much it will cost to replace the rotted wooden beam or how quickly they can fix it.

"Because of the grant situation, we are obligated to go through our engineering company and our technical assistance people," said Borough President Elaine Lippke. "They prepare and change orders, then send them out to the proper places and we wait for approval."

The rehab project was originally scheduled to be finished in July, then it changed to August. Now the Borough leaders hope it can be fixed and finished by September.

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