PALMYRA, N.Y. — The Alling Coverlet Museum is closing for two months after smoke got into the building and caused significant damage to the coverlets.
Spectrum News 1 spoke with the Director of Historic Palmyra, Tracy Murphy, about what’s next for the museum. She says the approximately 600 coverlets, which date from the early to mid-1800s, are being sent to Buffalo to be restored.
The museum also has to be professionally cleaned and the ceiling where the flames were hitting needs to be replaced.
Murphy says firefighters did an incredible job making sure the building was saved.
“They actually got up on the roof and started to,” Murphy said, “if they hadn’t looked and done that, we could’ve come back and not had a building.”
Two teenagers have been charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a laundromat in Palmyra, according to the New York State Police. They say the juveniles are 13 and 14 years old and have been charged with fourth-degree arson. Their names have not being released due to their age.
The fire broke out at the Palmyra Coin-Op Laundry on William Street around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. It took more than two hours for crews to bring the fire under control.
No one was hurt, though the laundromat is a total loss.
The teens were issued appearance tickets.