Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Concerned residents in a neighborhood on Ridgewood Avenue in Columbia are excited to see 4301's walls come tumbling down.
"They finally answered my prayers," said one resident who asked not to be identified.
According to the resident, the house has been abandoned for at least two years. In March of 2011, the house caught fire. The city reported that it cost them $70,000 in damages.
"We want to send a clear message that we're very serious about derelict properties,"said city Councilman Sam Davis.
Since July 2011, the city said there have been over 35 demolitions. Over 80 percent of those have been abandoned homes.
"We will not tolerate people who just leave their properties as a burden on the city and a burden on the people who live in the neighborhood," said Davis.
The resident told us that the house made the nieghborhood unattractive to buyers.
"This really is an eyesore, if you want to sell a house and someone would come out to look at yours, they would have to pass this one," she said.
It took about 15 minutes to knock the house down.
"Somebody might rebuild it and make it look good," said the resident. "Then if I decide to sell, somebody might buy my house."