Old Lincoln Hotel collapses after fire (with video & photos)

By Matt Hicks

June 7, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Demolition began Friday on an old hotel that burned Thursday night in Binghamton.

The Contract and Supply board issued an emergency order to demolish the former Lincoln Hotel and vacant property behind it on Clinton Street.

The fire call went out around 6:30 p.m Thursday.

Crews responding saw heavy flames coming from the rear part of the second floor of the building.

Binghamton Fire Chief Daniel Thomas said the flames were enough to collapse the back part of the vacant structure.

But they were able to protect neighboring buildings from catching fire as well since they were able to position themselves on all sides.

"One of the main things we look for is to protect any exposures, and that wasn't a problem with this fire," Thomas said.

The fire was knocked down just after 8:30 p.m., although crews remained on the scene all evening extinguishing hot spots and portions of the building that rekindled.

The fire is currently under investigation. There were no reports of injuries.