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Huntington Homeowner Complains Demolition Destroyed Artifacts
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 21, 2012 10:03 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 10:28 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Dozens of run-down homes are being torn down this month in Huntington. Most people are happy to see them cleaned up. But one homeowner said crews mistakenly tore down a garage full of important ancient artifacts.
The National Guard has been put on active duty in Huntington for about 30 days to help demolish several dilapidated houses. That included a home that was destroyed by a fire when an abandoned house next door caught fire last April. Terri Ariyan owns the home located in the 2300 block of Ninth Avenue. She said a garage that was torn down was not supposed to be part of the structure that was demolished.
"I had a beautiful home there, and it was destroyed. And now they've destroyed everything else that I had," Ariyan said.
She said the garage was full of antiques and hundreds of ancient Native American artifacts.
David Cremeans of the Native American Indian Federation said the artifacts included trade beads, hides and more that were being stored for a museum.
"These are things that cannot be replaced,” Cremeans said. “There was absolutely no consideration."
City officials said they went through all the proper procedures and gave timely notification of the demolition.
Meanwhile, people who live near other structures being torn down are more than happy to see them razed, especially after many have been targeted by arsonists.
Normally, the city can get to about one or two houses a month on the list, but hope to tear down 50 structures this month.
The demolitions will continue on 10th Avenue and also in the Guyandotte and West Huntington areas over the next several weeks.
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