Callie On The Job: House demolition - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Callie On The Job: House demolition

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MARION -- Recently, several homes across the area have been torn down because they are deemed "eyesores" in the community. That's causing demolition businesses to stay pretty busy. News 3's Callie Carroll decides to give one local business a hand in this week's Callie on the Job.

Across southern Illinois old, houses are being torn down. Some are enforced by the city, others are the choice of the homeowner. Either way, it's keeping demolition companies busy. 

Owner of Neat Cut Dirt Work, Jon Mcanelly, says, "We do everything the legal way, the right way and when we're done we're done. We don't drag it out for two or three weeks at a time. We come in and do it and get out of here and done and it looks nice and everybody's happy."

Neat Cut Demolition and Dirt Work averages taking down more than 50 properties each year. 

First they make sure the electric and gas is shut off, then they tear down the existing structure, load up the wreckage and haul it to a landfill then level the lot with dirt. 

The demolition job has its dangers and can sometimes be challenging.

"Working in tight areas, a small lot or a wall falling on a fence or a neighbor's house even. Some houses are really close together so you really have to take your time and sometimes when they're gas lines active you've got to work around the gas line, sometimes you have to do that," said Mcanelly. 

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