Ossining Firefighters Battle To Secure Shaky Church Steeple

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Firefighters at the scene of a wobbly church steeple on Church Street.
Firefighters at the scene of a wobbly church steeple on Church Street. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Firefighters climb a ladder as they try to fix a wobbly church steeple at First Baptist Church in Ossining.
Firefighters climb a ladder as they try to fix a wobbly church steeple at First Baptist Church in Ossining. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Ossining firefighters at First Baptist Church in Ossining, securing a wobbly church steeple.
Ossining firefighters at First Baptist Church in Ossining, securing a wobbly church steeple. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Police and firefighters were busy Thursday afternoon securing a shaky church steeple at First Baptist Church on 1 Church Street.

Police closed off Church Street from Spring Street to South Highland Ave as firefighters responded to the scene.

According to the building department, the fire department was called in after debris was seen falling off the steeple. The building department said once the steeple is secured, a structural engineer will be called in to ensure everything is safe and is no longer a hazard.

Carina Salvador saw the steeple begin to shake.

"It was dangerous," Salvador said. "If it wasn't for the firefighters, it would've tipped over. It's not safe, it's an unfortunate situation. I hope they take care of it."

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I'm glad nobody was hurt.
My goodness that building is an eyesore. Paint is peeling everywhere...it could be beautiful if it was maintained...history is important, but it's foolish to hold onto sand. Let it go. Start over.