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Demolition of house burned on 38th St. delayed

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The demolition of a fire-damaged house on 38th Street is about to get underway.

Officials issued the emergency demolition, scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, because the house was so badly damaged and could pose a threat.

An official that will oversee the demolition said the actual time of the demolition will probably be pushed back. They still have to receive a notice from the city for permission to proceed. Permission from a private bank next door, which is now closed down, must be received as well so crews can use the land as a staging area for equipment. Once those final approvals are received, the demolition will move forward.

Right now, crews are making sure water, gas and sewer lines are secure. 

Officials say Savannah River Utilities has been contracted through the city to demolish the house. Crews aniticipate this to be a tedious process since the home is so close to other homes, including the home next door that is in fragile condition because it was also damaged in Tuesday's blaze.

In the meantime, property maintenance erected a protective fence around the property to secure the house overnight. Fire investigators say they believe the fire started at the back of the house, but the cause is still undetermined.

The fire, which originated in a vacant home, did spread to a home next door where three people live. Luckily, no one was injured.

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