Emotion sets in for Mohawk Valley residents as they watch familiar building burn

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - As the Union Fork and Hoe building burned Wednesday, dozens of people gathered in the village to watch the blaze, including many former workers of the company.

The building has been empty for about five years and it was scheduled to be brought down in the near future, but to see the building go down this way brought emotion to Valley residents.

It seems that anyone in Frankfort either worked in the building or knew someone who did.

At first, the sheer magnitude of the fire is what caught people's attention, that is until the emotion caught up with the people watching.

One resident said,"The whole valley, not just Frankfort, (is affected). The thing has been here since early 1900s. I can't tell you how many people have been in and out, worked in there."

Many Herkimer County residents credit Union Fork and Hoe with putting food on their tables or putting their kids through college.

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