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Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS- Demolition crews were taking down a badly collapsing home in Broadmoor recently. It was in such bad shape they spent a week taking the roof apart by hand. But seeing the demolition begin was great news for neighbors.

'We were very excited,' said Jason DuMouchel. 'We were really glad. They got there, and my wife talked to them a couple of times, and they said it was going to be slow going just because it was going to be sort of a dangerous affair, but we were really excited.'

The structure was starting to collapse at the time of the first Action Report in March. Sections were starting to fall off the house, and the neighbors were worried.

'I could walk this way with my kids, but I won't,' DuMouchel said at the time.

By July, much more of the building had fallen, and city officials realized the building couldn't be saved.

They called in the demolition team, but even as the work started to tear it down, another section fell.
'We heard sort of a strange sliding sound, like something slid on concrete,' said DuMouchel. 'We thought it was raccoons or something like that, and then I got up in the morning, and as I was going to work, I realized that part of the building had actually slid off.'

At the time of the first Action Report, I stood right next to the house, wondering just how much of it would collapse. Well, it's a good thing the demolition crew put this retaining wall up. See the pile of debris. But for the neighbors, they're thrilled the City took action to help them.

Demolishing the building not only removes a danger, but also gets rid of a long abandoned house that has been a neighborhood blight for years.

'I think it's going to be a big difference,' Dumouchel concluded. 'It's going to make the neighborhood more attractive, you know, just on the street, on the corner. I think people are going to be really happy about it, we're not going to have rodents running in and out of it, and things like that. We're very happy.'

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