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Crews still wait to demolish 38th Street vacant house

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Crews are still waiting to tear down a vacant house on 38th Street in Savannah after it caught fire early Tuesday morning.

City officials ordered the emergency demolition because they said the remaining structure was unsafe.

The process of demolishing the house is a tedious one because it is so close to the house next door, whick also caught fire early Tuesday morning.

Earlier Wednesday morning crews had to make sure all the gas, water and sewer lines were turned off before they could start the demolition process.

They aren't using a wrecking ball on this house because it is so close to other buildings. Instead, they will be using a bulldozer that has a long arm and clamp on the end so that it can grab parts of the house to bring it down piece by piece.

One of the biggest safety concerns are the chimneys.

"Sometimes things will move the wrong way, so it's a realy tricky situation and you might never know what might jump back and fall at you," said Mike Lassiter with Savannah River Utilities.

The demolition process will take several days. Once the house is completely torn down, crews will still have to clear all of the debris that is left over.

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