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Burned out Newburgh home finally torn down

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On Wednesday, neighbors were celebrating the demolition of the home on Overland Drive. On Wednesday, neighbors were celebrating the demolition of the home on Overland Drive.
Jim Price snaps pictures to remember the day he's been waiting for, for more than a year. Jim Price snaps pictures to remember the day he's been waiting for, for more than a year.
NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) -

A burned out home in Newburgh left standing for nearly a year has finally been torn down. 

On Wednesday, neighbors were celebrating the demolition of the home on Overland Drive.

After what neighbors call a long year of waiting, this burned out home is now gone. It was an eyesore. It was a health hazard. It was a safety hazard to the children.

Jim Price snaps pictures to remember the day he's been waiting for, for more than a year.

"We feel it's had a negative effect on home sales in the neighborhood and we feel like this could have been done months and months and months and months ago," Price said.

The home and a car out front were engulfed in flames on November 11th, 2011, but the state fire marshal's office never determined an official cause.

"You shouldn't have to expect this to happen anywhere. It's the kind of thing that can happen almost anywhere," Price said. 

"I've never seen a house explode like that so many times. I've never seen a fire that big, but it was crazy," Nikki Hardy said.

Neighbor Nikki Hardy says since that day, neighbors kept her informed about the future demolition. Now, she's looking forward to playing with her kids outside without worrying about the dangers the fire left behind.

"I think it's dangerous. It was dangerous for the kids, too, because I never knew what could be coming down in the ditch and pieces of the house," Hardy said.  

On Wednesday, it took a crew a matter of hours to tear down and haul away much of what was left of the home.  

A bittersweet end to a trying and often stressful year.

"It's been very quick. It's been very quick after a year of waiting. We're just happy it's gone," Pierce said. 

The owners of the home, Megan and Todd McCutcheon have since moved out of state. But On Wednesday, they tell 14 News this lot is for sale while they wait for funding to rebuild.

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