‘House of Horrors’ Demolished

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CLEVELAND—

The east side home of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell was demolished Tuesday morning, Fox 8's Stacey Frey reports.

This comes one day after the city of Cleveland announced that it would take down the so-called "house of horrors" at 12205 Imperial Avenue.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told Fox 8 News on Monday that the city had completed its asbestos abatement of the home where Sowell hid the bodies of 11 women until they were discovered by police in the fall of 2009.

Spokesperson Andrea Taylor says the city notified victims' relatives of the demolition on Monday morning.

In early September, the home was served with a condemnation notice. The notice listed four parties responsible for upkeep of the home. One of the parties was the estate of Segerna Sowell, the deceased stepmother of Anthony Sowell.

Consent to conduct an inspection of the property was given, and on Aug. 30, 2011, according to Mayor Jackson's Office, an inspection staff from the departments of Building and Housing and Public Health went to the property. Inspectors spanned the exterior and interior of the property, finding a total of 22 violations -- 10 interior and 12 exterior.

According to the condemnation notice, the structure was deemed, "A menace to public health, safety and welfare. It is unsanitary and declared an unsafe structure and a public nuisance."

The Department of Building and Housing also said that the home was infested with roaches, fleas, termites and rodents.

The demolition started at approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday. The entire process is expected to be completed in full by the end of the day.

With the house no longer standing, there will be no need for continued police presence on Imperial Avenue. According to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, since the gruesome discovery, it took turns watching the house with the Cleveland Police Department.

Sowell remains behind bars on Death Row.

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