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13 homes destroyed by fire now demolished in Schuylkill County

SHENANDOAH, Pa. - Schuylkill County officials attended a demolition of 13 homes Thursday, that were originally destroyed by an arson fire in Shenandoah in 2016.

A $1.4 million grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development made the demolition possible. 

"The revitalization of our communities is essential in order to boost economic growth and create more opportunities for local residents, and today we are here to celebrate one of the biggest projects to date because of this funding," said Senator David Argall in a news release.

"Despite Pennsylvania having some of the toughest laws in the nation when it comes to fighting blight, the problem lies in the fact that many municipalities lack the necessary funds to demolish blighted buildings and properties. I am glad that I fought to bring this funding back home to Schuylkill County because we now have the necessary tools to make our communities grow," he said.

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