Roof of former theater in Sidney collapses
SIDNEY — Sidney firefighters had no idea why the roof of a vacant building in that village collapsed Saturday.
Sidney Fire Chief Earl Bennett said the roof of the now-vacant Creative Dramatics Workshop at 402 E. Byron St. caved in about 1 p.m.
“It’s all at an angle,” he explained, adding it was not totally collapsed.
“We don’t know how it happened. There was no wind. It was structural. Something didn’t work somewhere,” Bennett said.
Firefighters from Sidney were joined by others from Homer and Philo in securing the site so no one would be hurt.
Bennett said the building is owned by Robert Picklesimer, who used it for youth theater. It had been vacant for several months and there was no one around at the time it happened, Bennett said.
He said Picklesimer would have to deal with the potential demolition of the single-story building, which used to be a church.