Insurance, investigations stalls Ensley house demolition

Red tape and legal proceedings are{}temporarily sparing the Ensley houses burned by arsonists from demolition.

One month ago, the mayor said city crews would the have fourteen houses torn down within a week. Some have been leveled. Others still stand.

The mayor's office says insurance clearance and on-going investigations are standing in the way.

But neighbors say it's an eyesore and public safety problem because people are going into the houses to remove wiring and for illegal activity.

"The crack heads be going in. They be going in at night. It's ridiculous. They need to tear it down," said Shirley Vines who lives beside a burned house.

Among the houses still standing are ones the Birmingham police officers are charged with setting on fire.

The city still plans on upholding its commitment to remove the houses.