‘X’ marks the danger spot

The x symbols on the front of 12-18 S. Main St. are shown on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — The large, red “X”s on the front of the former Littauer Building are there as a safety precaution for emergency responders, according to Mayor Dayton King.

City firefighters attached the symbols above the doors in July.

The roof of 16-18 S. Main St. section of the Littauer Building partially collapsed on July 5.

At around 9:45 a.m. that day, a portion of the rear of the property fell in on itself.

No injuries resulted from the incident, in part because the building has been vacant for a number of years.

The front of the building and the connected sections at 12-14 remained intact following the incident.

The building that collapsed is owned by Two Great Guys Corp. out of Saratoga Springs. The company purchased the property in 2008 for $6,400 according to Fulton County tax records.

In the days that followed the collapse, workers cleaned up the fallen bricks and removed windows that came loose during the incident.

South Main Street from the Fulton Street intersection to Washington Street was closed for a few days until it was determined the building was stable and did not pose a risk to the public.

King said the symbols are on the building to alert emergency personnel to the fact that a good portion of the building does not have floors in it.

“It is to let them know that the building contains a hazard that is potentially dangerous,” he said. “For this one, the door on the left side opens to only a five foot threshold. There is no floor system.”

The floors were removed from the building during a renovation process that stopped about four years ago, according to city officials.

“It is an alert to any police officer or firefighter or EMS that ‘something is going on here’ and to be on high alert,” King said.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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