Demolition of the 80-year-old American Fire Co. No. 1 in Lansford was expected to continue today.

On Friday, construction crews began knocking down a small building attached to the rear of the fire company, and by late morning had begun to knock down the rear wall of the building, at 26 E. Patterson St.

The building, which housed borough offices on the second floor, is being demolished to make way for a pole building. The borough offices are now located in the former community center at 1 E. Ridge St.

The razing was to have begun earlier this month, but was delayed to give the State Office of Historic Preservation a chance to review the plans.

Council on April 10 awarded the job to Shea Industries Inc., of Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County. The company had bid $23,723.

The demolition was expected to be completed by July 1, at which point the new pole building will be started.