Home in Time for the Holidays

City officials hoped to allow residents to return to their Washington Square Apartments by Monday afternoon following demolition to the Creegan Co. building last week.

Crews from X-Treme Clean of Wellsville and J&J Asbestos Abatement of Levittsburg started taking down the four exterior walls of what is left of the Creegan building on Washington Street Friday morning. Steubenville Building Inspector Anthony Bodo said members of the demolition crew hoped to have the walls completely down by Monday afternoon.

Residents of the neighboring apartment complex have been displaced since a massive fire gutted the building earlier this month. Crews have been working to ensure safety before allowing the residents to return.

That is welcome news to Donald Springer, who has visited the site every day since he was ordered to evacuate his apartment at the height of the fire that burned from late in the evening of Dec. 11 through the morning of Dec. 12.

“I have been staying with some good friends, but I will be glad to get back into my own apartment. I actually have presents in my apartment for my friends’ kids and I was worried I wouldn’t get back in there before Christmas. And, I want to stay in my own apartment again. I appreciate my friends but am looking forward to getting back to my own place,” Springer said.

He stood for hours Friday holding an umbrella watching the backhoe operated by Dan Galeoti, the owner of X-Treme Clean, carefully maneuver his machine to pull down the brick walls.

Klare Elser III of J&J Asbestos Abatement used a fire hose to keep the structure completely wet during the demolition work.