EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHome In Deadly Arlington Avenue Fire Demolished
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 6:38 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 6:54 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A home in Charleston where seven young children and two adults died in a fire has finally been torn down, after standing as a charred reminder of that terrible tragedy for more than a year.
The fire that happened on Arlington Avenue was one of the worst in the city's history. Not much was left of the home Wednesday evening. Crews came in and tore it down, and people living here were glad to see it go.
It was a move the neighborhood had been waiting on for more than a year.
The home served as a daily reminder to those living in the area of what happened in March 2012, when nine people, seven of them children, died in a fire.
Investigators have never released the cause of the blaze. They said the house had one fire detector, but it was not working.
People living in the area have had to look at what was left of the home for what they said was far too long. They were glad the painful reminder of the tragic night was finally gone.
"I now know the family is at rest, and it's giving me my closure," neighbor Cassie Means said.
Neighbors said they weren't sure what is going to be done with the land once it is cleared, but many said they would like to see a memorial garden for the lives lost.
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