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Historic Pine Avenue house fate rests on damage assessment

Phil Cannon will meed with city engineers and code enforcement to determine the next step for the house. (Source: WALB) Phil Cannon will meed with city engineers and code enforcement to determine the next step for the house. (Source: WALB)
Crews have been working for nine days to remove burnt debris. (Source: WALB) Crews have been working for nine days to remove burnt debris. (Source: WALB)
Phil Cannon (Source: WALB) Phil Cannon (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A meeting with code enforcement could determine the fate of a historic house damaged by a fire in July.

On Wednesday, WALB got a closer look at the progress made at this home on the 500 block of Pine Avenue in Albany.

Homeowner Phil Cannon said he and his crew have been working the past nine days, removing burned debris. 

The house caught fire on July 7th, after a large tree branch fell on power lines, ripping the weather head off the home. 

Cannon said his ultimate goal was to restore the historic beauty of the home, but the fire has made that goal a hundred times harder. 

 "The city engineers, they have to tell me either yes or no.  If they say, 'Phil, there's no way,' at that point you have to dismantle the house or do whatever you're going to do.  If they say, 'No, okay.  With the right plan, maybe we'll let you rebuild.' If they tell me that, then I'm going to have to make the financial decision of exactly how I'm going to rebuild, how much I'm going to do, things of that nature."

Cannon will meet with Code Enforcement this Friday, and said he should have a final answer on what's next for the property by next week. 

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