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Bethlehem Steel fire timeline

Wednesday, Nov. 9

7 a.m.:   Fire starts at former Bethlehem Steel site near Route 5 and Lincoln Avenue.

About 7:30 a.m.: Lackawanna calls Buffalo Fire Department for mutual aid, Buffalo takes over fire scene.

8:09 a.m.: Eastbound Route 5 closed to traffic.

8:17 a.m.: Westbound Route 5 closed to traffic.

Shelter-in-place orders issued for area residents and school districts.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Morning: Lackawanna City Schools, Frontier Central Schools, St. Peter & Paul School, St. Francis High School closed.

12:49 p.m.: Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski declares State of Emergency in the City of Lackawanna; evacuations ordered in the Bethlethem Park neighborhood.

Friday, Nov. 11

2 p.m.: Bethlehem Park residents allowed to return to their homes; State of Emergency continues

Saturday, Nov. 12

5:06 p.m. Route 5 re-opened to traffic

Buffalo Fire Department picked up from the fire scene.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Preliminary data from state Department of Environmental Conservation reveals 'very unhealthy' to 'hazardous' air quality existed in Bethlehem Park during the fire for 'particulate matter.'

Wednesday, Nov. 16

3:30 p.m. DEC and state Department of Health holds webinar detailing air quality monitoring results for volatile organic compounds in the fire.

Monday, Nov. 21

11 a.m. State of Emergency in Lackawanna  lifted by Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski; media tour at Bethlehem Steel fire site with political officials.

5:30 p.m. Community meeting with Bethlehem Park residents, local leaders, the DEC and health department officials at the Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Road.

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