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they happen around the region. but what happens after the fire is out? lydia flores wrote: “i have a concern, it has been over two years ago that a building at the 100 block of raynor in central el paso burned down. this building is right behind beall elementary school and is also a safety concern. i was wondering why nothing has been done to clean up this eyesore. who can be contacted about this mess? there are children that can get hurt.” abc-7’s andrew j. polk looks into lydia’s safety concern in this abc-7 listens. :16 :45 this is look at the former market lydia is talking about. it looked like this in the aftermath of that fire a couple of years ago i was on the scene in november of 2014 while the smell of charred wood was still noticable. since then? “depending on wha kind of damaged happened to the structure, we’ll call el paso planning and inspections to come out and check to see ithe facility is structurally sound. they’ll determine if it’s safe to go back in or not.” el pas fire department spokesman carlos briano says that beyond the initial response and investigation… the fire department hands it off to other departments to follow up. this building was determined to be a total loss in 2014. “and it’s the responsibility of the owner to secure the property.” “around the sit not much has really changed in the past couple of years. i spoke with the owners of the property, project vida, who says that the are working on this and have been on hold for getting something done with this, but that now they can start to see some changes.” “what we’ done is to secure the building, and to keep working with the city to respond to hud.” project vida bought the property shortly before the fire to turn it into affordable housing units. “hud made it clear tha any action on the property prior to the release of funds would invalidate the entire agreement.” that review is done and the $1.3 million has been released… meaning the project can now move forward, starting with asbestos abatement, then demolition. andrew j. polk, abc-7. with asbestos abatement, then demolition. andrew j. polk, abc-7. if you have any concerns about burned, damaged or otherwise nusiance buildings in your neighborhood… you’re asked to call the city of el paso at 3-1-1. a city spokesman said the complaint will then be evaluated and sent to the appropriate department for any action. three crew members

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