Insurance company’s fight to avoid demolition falls flat

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An insurance company fighting the city’s order to demolish homes damaged in the South Side Disaster has lost its fight.

A hearing officer heard the evidence Thursday and decided the house should be torn down.

So far, crews have demolished 16 homes in the Richmond Hill neighborhood. The city hopes to have 13 others down by the end of the year.

Two homes that were once on the demolition list will not be torn down since different insurance companies proved repairs can stabilize those houses.

Two other homes — where the explosion happened and where the two victims lived — are still considered a crime scene.

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