CLEVELAND - Ariel Castro's home was demolished Wednesday morning. The home and all of the debris is expected to be cleared away today.
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The house where Ariel Castro held three women captive for a decade is gone.
Demolition crews made quick work of reducing the house at 2207 Seymour to a pile of rubble. It took about an hour or so to knock down the structure.
About 100 people gathered to watch the house be demolished, including Gina DeJesus' family. Cheers erupted as the heavy equipment tore through the roof and walls of the house.
It's just the first step forward for the community. Prosecutor Tim McGinty tells Channel 3 the county has acquired the deeds to the two abandoned homes next to Castro's.
Those houses are expected to be torn down by the end of the month. The county is also trying to acquire two lots adjacent to those homes.
McGinty says it's hoped by the end of 2013 plans can be finalized as to how the community will reuse the entire stretch of land. Possible uses include building a park or garden. (READ MORE - http://on.wkyc.com/15LAWBM)