EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Haven home where two girls were killed in a fiery plane crash earlier this month has been demolished.
It was torn down Wednesday morning, a week after another severely damaged home was knocked down.
It was the last visual reminder of a tragedy that took four lives and it finally came down. Before it did, the mother of the two girls who died there took one last trip inside with East Haven's Mayor to salvage whatever she could.
"These parents will think of this every day of their lives. There will not be a day that goes by that they do not say a prayer for their loved ones," said Mayor Joe Maturo. "It's tragic and she's doing as best she could be."
Looking at the house has been tough for the girls' mother, and tough for the neighbors too, and tearing it down is also tough.
The other house hit by the plane came down last week. It's now just a hole in the ground next door. When the plane crashed, it was loaded with fuel that ended up in the basement of the house, so part of the debris is considered hazardous material. Plus crash investigators had to check for airplane parts before demolitions could begin.
"They're still trying to finish their investigation from the initial crash and then you have to separate everything out due to contaminants that were in there and the hazards that are on site," said Joseph Palmieri, CT Tank Removal.
And Connecticut Tank Removal was not hired by the insurance company like it normally would be. Instead, the state DEEP had to step in and declare it an emergency so they could tear it down.
"Subsequent to that we were working with the insurance company for the plane, who did not step up to their obligations for their insured," said Jeff Chandler, DEEP.
In other words, your tax money is paying for the demolition, at least for now, and DEEP hopes eventually the plane's insurance company will pay them back, but no one knows how long that will take.
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