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Family furious after infamous home is torn down

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - There wasn't much left Wednesday except for some burnt wood and a big pile of debris at what was once an infamous home.

On August 16, 2008, Calvin Crawford's sister and six nieces and nephews died in a fire at the house at 862 Baltimore

Memphis fire investigators said they could not determine the cause of the fire, but the family claimed a faulty electrical system was to blame, and filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the landlord and the city of Memphis.

Now they say they've lost a major piece of evidence with no warning - bulldozers have brought the building down. 

Wednesday, Crawford was looking for answers about why the building was torn down.

"Why can't we get a straight answer?" Crawford asked. "Who allowed this to happen, and why would they allow it to happen?"

Frank Holland, the man who owned the building, said officials from the city of Memphis called him to tell him they were going to tear down the house, but he didn't know when.

Wednesday, our cameras caught code enforcement officers leaving after inspecting the property, with the rubble left behind.

Poole's hopeful their case hasn't crumbled.
"There are certain other structures that need to be torn down," Calvin Crawford said.  "Why this one? And why would you tear a structure down that has ongoing litigation, and also that you had items that were tagged that needed to be examined and are no longer there. I mean I can't find 'em."

So far, Action News 5's attempts to reach anyone with the city about the building have been unsuccessful.

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