'Castle on the Hill' damaged Sunday
Monday, April 11th 2011
Dansville — A portion of Dansville’s Castle on the Hill collapsed Sunday afternoon, reports Dansville Police Chief Charles Perkins.
An addition to the main structure collapsed around 3:30 p.m., Perkins told the Express. The chief said the addition was located at the north end of the Dansville landmark and included a one-story kitchen as well as restrooms that went up a couple of floors.
“That portion collapsed off the side of the building,” Perkins explained, noting that the rest of the building appears to remain intact.
Dansville firefighters and emergency medical responders were dispatched, but Perkins said it appears no one was injured in the incident.
The Castle, built as a water cure in the 1880s, has been unused since 1971 and over time has fallen into disrepair.
“The place is dangerous,” Perkins said. “The outbuildings and main structure are weakening.”
Though the Castle is private property and marked with “no trespassing” signs, Perkins said warmer weather seems to attract people. He said Dansville police will make more frequent patrols in the area as a precaution.
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