Home at Risk of Falling into the Winooski River Gets Torn Down

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The Burlington home on Plattsburg Ave that was sliding down toward the Winooski River was leveled by a construction crew Monday morning.

Renter Marci Oughstun came back to give her former home one last look.

“It is really sad to watch the place you have lived get torn down,” said Oughstun.

Oughstun was hoping to get into the house that she and her family rented for 6 years before the demolition started. She and her family had to evacuate the building on May 22, when the home’s embankment slid into the Winooski River.

Oughstun says the house was burglarized in early June.

“All of our electronics, cameras, my shoes, and table saw, somebody stole my son’s piggy bank and money. Which is heart breaking,” said Oughstun.

The owners of the house, Andre and Marriet Nyese, who currently live in Florida, designed and built the house as their dream home.

“This is just a very hard event for them because they put their heart and soul in this house and it was a beautiful spot,” said the couple’s attorney, Dennis Hill.

Hill says the main goal was to remove the house before it created any environmental issues. He also said the owners are paying out of pocket to demolition the house because their insurance doesn’t cover it. 

“After this event is concluded, we will be carefully and vigorously looking at every avenue to seek recompense for our clients,” said Hill.

As for the Oughstun family, they hope to close this chapter of their life.

Demolition is expected to be finished on Tuesday. 

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