Questions surround house demolition - East Side - The Buffalo News
"My clients had no knowledge of the fire or the demolition and were not notified of either," Berger said in court papers. "Upon discovering the facts, the defendants went to the Bailey Avenue site to find that both houses had been demolished. To their knowledge, there was no damage to 1801 in the fire."
The property owners had insurance, which made a payment toward the fire loss at 1805 Bailey Ave. But insurance wouldn't cover 1801 Bailey.
"Other than a little smoke damage there was nothing wrong with 1801," Berger said.
"The insurance company sent an inspector, and refused to pay because it was not a covered loss. There was no fire damage. The demolition was just something the city did," Berger said.
Submitted for your consideration: two houses, side by side. One burns. The other is not. The city of Buffalo demolishes both of them, then refuses to turn over documents. Oh--and the city wants to be paid $40,000 for demolishing the undamaged one on top of the $40K for the one that burned. Happy New Year.