Two more homes were demolished Wednesday in the Richmond Hill community—and two more demolitions are set to be carried out by Friday.
“I think it’ll take time to get used to all of this and, unfortunately, it won’t be over in a week,” said Christina Hunter, a resident who’s lived on Armada Drive for more than three years. She said it has been hard seeing crews tear down homes. More than 30 homes have to be demolished.
“It’s incredibly sad to have to watch your neighbor’s home being torn down. Some of them built their dream homes here and watched their babies grow up here,” Hunter said.
The two homes that were torn down Wednesday were located on Fieldfare Way. Another home located on Fieldfare Way and one located on Alcona Drive will be torn down by Friday.
“I can’t imagine living anywhere else, during something like this. I know if it were my house I would have five neighbors sitting right next to me at least. (They would be) crying with me,” Hunter said.
The Department of Code Enforcement confirmed that three families have applied for wrecking permits. Those homes will be demolished next week.
“I think in a lot of ways it’s been kind of a dream and it still feels like a dream and this is just part of one of those steps to bring it to closure and (begin) moving on,” Hunter said.
The Nov. 10 explosion at 8349 Fieldfare Way killed Jennifer and Dion Longworth, who lived next door. The investigation continues into what caused the blast, which did an estimated $4.4 million in damage.