The cremated remains of a two-family home at 44 Lake Avenue in First Ward have been an eye-catcher and what some have called an “attractive annoyance” for more than seven months.
The woman who owned the building was injured when a fire broke out in a basement apartment on February 5. She was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
The owner and two other residents of the unit were left homeless due to the fire.
Last month, city law enforcement superintendent Christopher Schleider sent a letter informing the owner – Allison London – that the fire department had determined the building was 75 percent damaged. Schleider added that city architect Ronald Lake declared the building to be structurally vulnerable.
London was ordered to demolish the building by 15 September. The city eventually hired the Gurek Construction Company to demolish the building.
Neighbors said it took Gorek crews two days to demolish the building and clear the property early this week.
A woman who got a home adjacent to the damaged building shortly after a fire on Thursday expressed relief that her eye sores had finally been removed. “Everyone is glad he’s gone,” she said.
Flash video: Firefighters battle a blast at 44 Lake Avenue on February 6, 2022.
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