Owners agree to clean up rubble from 1st Ave. N. building fire - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Owners agree to clean up rubble from 1st Ave. N. building fire

Rubble from the 1st Ave. North building fire still needs to be cleaned up. Source: Karen Church Rubble from the 1st Ave. North building fire still needs to be cleaned up. Source: Karen Church
This image shows the flames bursting from the top of a vacant building on 1st Ave. North. Source: WBRC video This image shows the flames bursting from the top of a vacant building on 1st Ave. North. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

One of the biggest fires in Birmingham in years destroyed an abandoned building on 1st Avenue North in downtown on March 29.

A month and a half later, the rubble still needs to be cleaned up.

Part of the city's issue was tracking down the owners of the building, of which there are two. Then the city had to get them both to agree on how to clean up this pile.

The flames from the Friday morning fire could be seen for miles, the smoke was blinding and firefighters evacuated nearby buildings.

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At this time, the cause of the fire remains undetermined and may remain that way. But as for the cleanup, the owners have agreed to take care of it.

A brick recycling company that has agreed to come in, haul the bricks away and recycle them. Once that's done, the owners can decide what to do with the property.

And if the owners don't clean it up, the city will do so and then put a lean against the property. If the property owners were then to sell the property, that's when the city would get its money.

City officials say not only is this an eyesore, but it's also a public safety concern. The city says the owners will have several weeks, not months, to clean up the property.

And if the owners never sell the property or even try to, the city would then set up payments to recoup its money.

Either way, Don Lupo with the mayor's office says the owners won't get away with not paying. He says the owners know it's a problem and the city will stay on top of the situation.

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