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Repairs being made after Indianapolis crane crash

August 24, 2010

A restaurant in a downtown Indianapolis landmark reopened a day after a 30-ton crane fell onto its roof and burst a sprinkler line, sending water through much of the 1890s building.

The Rathskeller opened for lunch Tuesday after workers spent hours cleaning and removing carpet since the crane truck toppled outside the Athenaeum Building on Monday. The YMCA branch in the building planned to reopened on a limited basis Wednesday, with cycling/spinning machines set up in the ArtSpace at the Athenaeum and some fitness classes being held in the building's theater.

Crews removed the fallen crane overnight. Athenaeum Foundation president Cassie Stockamp said the accident will delay renovations that were being done.

Stockamp says the flooding means the building will get new flooring and ceilings in some unexpected areas.

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