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Crews begin demolishing Friday's Only Furniture Outlet destroyed by massive fire

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The Southwest Boulevard furniture warehouse destroyed by a massive fire last week is coming down. (KCTV) The Southwest Boulevard furniture warehouse destroyed by a massive fire last week is coming down. (KCTV)
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The Southwest Boulevard furniture warehouse destroyed by a massive fire last week is coming down.

Crews are now tearing down the Friday's Only Furniture Outlet building brick by brick.

It’s a slow process, but the construction crew said using heavy equipment could cause an outer or inner wall to kick out and fall on the buildings to either the north or south. That is why they are doing it by hand.

The rain has delayed some of the progress Monday.

The owner of the furniture store plans to keep the red brick building to the north of the building that was damaged in the fire.

The gray building behind it belongs to someone else.

ISW Industrial is working to keep both those buildings in tact while the middle of it is being demolished.

President of the company Chuck Cacioppo said once the four remaining walls are knocked down enough so that they are even with both remaining buildings, that’s when they will bring in the heavy equipment to knock it down.

He said the project is time consuming because he wants everyone to be safe, but is hoping to make good progress before any storms come through the area.

 “I just want to get it down in case of a big wind, I’m afraid a big wind would maybe, if it blows too hard, could blow these walls over the blow them out and god only knows who would be out here walking around, I don’t want any injuries and no death,” Cacioppo said.

He hopes to have the building down in the next three weeks if weather doesn’t slow them down. 

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