Germania Collapses in Freeport

By: Max Seigle Email
By: Max Seigle Email

Freeport resident Randall Skeens surveys the damage at the old Germania building. The collapse is hard to swallow. "I arrived 10 minutes later and saw our dream just totally demolished," Skeens said. He is part of a citizens group trying to preserve the Germania, also known as the City Lights Building. It was built in 1869. "Our dream was to preserve the buidling, possibly with a brewery, a restaurant, bring live entertainment back," said Skeens. On Saturday around 12:30, firefighters responded to the bulding. Right now, they're calling the collapse an accident, but don't know what caused the structure to cave in. Nobody was hurt during the collapse, which brought out lots of onlookers. Some came armed with cameras, others with sad faces. Skeens says despite today's damage, his group still plans to save what's left. "We're still going to try and save the front and the back. As you can see that part of the building is not learning and we can rebuild the center part of it and if i have to chain myself up to it before it's bulldozed I will. We're just not going to let it go." So hopefully this historic building won't become history in town. Main Street, in front of the Germania, is closed off. No word yet on when it will re-open.

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