Demolition begins on damaged downtown Denison buildings

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - What started out as a small chunk taken out of the wall ... Turned into the entire façade that came crumbling down.

Laurie Quesada was with her children, watching the walls come down.

"Its kind of bittersweet. Sweet that its getting cleaned up, and something new will obviously go there. Bitter because obviously these buildings are old and have been here a very long time and so well loved by the community," said Quesada.

Cruz Acosta owns the building being held up by braces, and was also on hand during the early demolition.

"I'm glad we're finally starting this process of cleaning up, by the same token you do recognize there's a lot of history going down at the same time," said Acosta.

The city of Denison is spending close to $113,000 from their general fund for post-fire cleanup, and city manager Jud Rex says the demolition should take anywhere between 30-60 days.

"I know the owners there want to rebuild and bring back businesses there, and perhaps after that as well," said Rex.

Acosta says he would like to rebuild once his damaged building comes down, but in the meantime he and his wife moved their business, the Desk and Easel across the block.

"I guess we've had enough to mourn it and we're ready to move on. Just ready for it to be cleared and move forward," said Acosta.

A representative from the demolition crew says they will take down the building where the Desk and Easel once called home later in the week.