A western New York city won’t be getting state aid to cover the costs linked to a massive fire at a former steel plant last fall.
The blaze started Nov. 9 in a large building on the Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. The fire burned for several days and destroyed a structure that housed a business where boats and vehicles were stored.
People living nearby had to evacuate their homes.
Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski (zuh-MAN’-skee) tells WIVB-TV in Buffalo that state officials told him the city would receive financial assistance to help pay for response, demolition and clean-up costs, which topped $650,000.
He now says they’ve been told by state officials say that the city will have to cover the costs.
The state says it provided staff and equipment during the fire.