Demolition begins this week in Richmond Hill

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Demolition is set to begin this week for 33 homes damaged in the Richmond Hill blast on November 10. The plan is to have all 33 homes demolished by the end of the month with the first six - the hardest hit - scheduled to start coming down Tuesday. 

That blast two weeks ago killed two people and damaged 90 homes, blowing two of them to pieces.

Of those left standing, 33 have been deemed too dangerous to repair.

"We want them to move as reasonable and quickly as cost effective," said Adam Collins, Director of Code Enforcement for the city. "The real reason we are moving so quickly is because of the damage the homes present, not only to people in the area, but also some of the adjacent properties.'

Code Enforcement has been very clear that demolition is in the best interest of the community and the safest thing for all involved.  To leave the homes standing indefinitely benefits no one, officials say.

Meantime, the criminal investigation continues.