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Brookhaven Town demolishes abandoned, burned-out house in Shoreham

Brookhaven Town has knocked down a condemned house in Shoreham that burned down and has been the source of complaints for nearly two years.

The home on Cobblestone Drive burned down after lighting struck it in July 2013, town officials said.

The property owner had been cited for having an illegal basement apartment, not performing adequate property maintenance, and building a deck and shed without a permit, town officials said.

Suffolk County police have reported numerous complaints of drug activity at the structure, town officials said in announcing the demolition.

The home was torn down April 15 under Chapter 73 of town code, which provides a "fast track" to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures.

"A house like this is a severe detriment to the community and drives down the value of all the other houses in the neighborhood," Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement. "We will continue to crack down on property owners and banks, using the full power of the law to clean it up if they don't do it themselves."

Romaine in September also targeted a Dirty Dozen list of vacant, dilapidated homes to be demolished. Eight of those homes have been torn down. The Shoreham home wasn't on the list.

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