Businesses near Bethlehem Steel fire site feeling impact of Rt. 5 closure


(( PEOPLE CAME FROM ALL OVER TO HELP. .. WHEN ONE OF US HAS A PROBLEM)) THE ONGOING ROAD CLOSURE ON ROUTE 5 CAUSED HEADACHES FOR PEOPLE THIS MORNING TRYING TO GET TO WORK. IT’S STILL CAUSING ISSUES FOR SOME LOCAL BUSINESSES. NEWS FOUR’S KATIE ALEXANDER CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE LIVE FROM LACKAWANNA. KATIE. BRITTNI – THE HOURS POSTED ON THE DOOR HERE AT THE WOODLAWN DINER SAY THIS PLACE SHOULD BE OPEN NOW — BUT IT’S LOCKED UP TIGHT. A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES AROUND HERE ARE REALLY FEELING THE IMPACT OF THE FIRE. SOT – RE6092 CAROLYN BITELLO PARTNER, GOLDEN PIPE SMOKE SHOP 10:16:23 THIS IS MY LIVING, MY PARENTS LIVING, WITHOUT ANY BUSINESS, IT’S HARD TO PAY BILLS AND WE’RE JUST TRYING TO HOLD ON. 10:16:34 CAROLYN BITELLO’S FAMILY OWNS THE GOLDEN PIPE SMOKE SHOP ON ROUTE 5 – NEAR THE ROAD BLOCK AT LAKE. SHE’S HOPING CUSTOMERS WILL CUT THROUGH THE PARKING LOT NEXT DOOR TO GET TO HER BUSINESS — THAT’S WHAT THE ONLY CUSTOMER WHO CAME IN YESTERDAY DID. SOT -RE6092 – CAROLYN 10:16:04 TODAY I’M HOPING I GET A FEW MORE. POSTED IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE SAYING WE’RE OPEN, BUT SINCE WE’VE GOT IT BLOCKED OFF ON THE CORNER, WHAT WE’VE GOTTA DO IS JUST WAIT, I GUESS. 10:16:15 EVEN A FEW MILES FROM THE FIRE SCENE – THE ROAD BLOCKS ARE KEEPING BUSINESSES A LITTLE EMPTIER. SOT – (MAYBE VIDEO COVER WITH TRAFFIC VIDEO) RE6084 9:47:54 IT’S JUST THE TRAFFIC PATTERNS, THERE’S SO MUCH TRAFFIC, IT CUTS A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF FROM GOING WHEREVER THEY WANT TO GO. 9:46:01 OUTSIDE ON ELECTRIC AVENUE IN LACKAWANNA – CARS WERE MOVING THROUGH – BUT THERE WAS A HAZE OF SMOKE IN THE AIR INSIDE CAGNEY’S 2 – THERE WERE A LOT OF EMPTY STOOLS WHERE THE REGULARS USUALLY SIT – SOT – RE6084 AL ZELLS OWNER, CAGNEY’S 2 9:46:09 THEY’RE PROBABLY TAKING CARE OF THEIR KIDS WITH THE SCHOOL CHANGES AND DIFFERENT THINGS. 9:46:14 SEVERAL SCHOOLS IN THE AREA CANCELLED CLASSES FOR THE DAY BECAUSE OF THE SMOKE – SOMETHING AT LEAST A FEW STUDENTS WERE NOT THAT UPSET ABOUT. SOT RE6079 – NO SUPER. TOO SHORT MALIKA SNOW LACKAWANNA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT 9:41:29 CUZ I HATE SCHOOL. 9:41:30 THAT’S NOT THE ONLY REASON THOUGH.. SOT RE6079 MALIKA SNOW 9:41:35 IN OUR SCHOOL, WE HAVE OUR WINDOWS OPEN A LOT AND WE’RE GOING TO INHALE ALL OF THIS. 9:41:38 THE WIND HAS BEEN SHIFTING QUITE A BIT – CHANGING WHO IS AFFECTED BY THE SMOKE AT ANY GIVEN TIME. EVERYONE HERE IS HOPEFUL – IT WILL ALL BE OUT OF HERE SOON SO LIFE AND BUSINESS CAN RETURN TO NORMAL. RE6084 AL ZELLS OWNER, CAGNEY’S 2 9:46:55 THIS IS GOING TO BE – IT’S GOING TO BE OVER IN A FEW DAYS. 9:47:00

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