Cleanup begins on Old Opera House in Pinckneyville

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Thursday work got underway to take down a painful eyesore in Pinckneyville.

Crews started to remove the brick wall that once was part of the old Opera House on the town square.

The building along with the Antique Mall next store burned in June.

A Du Quoin firefighter also lost his life in that fire, when a wall collapsed.

For weeks many in the community have asked why it's taken so long to get this lot cleaned up.

Thursday a local business man says he's excited to finally see the remaining large brick wall come down.

"Now it will be much safer, the children will be able to walk on the sidewalks, no danger from being on the street, everyone's so happy," said Ronald Cull.

The co-owner of Opera House says many bricks are expected to go all over the country to places where disasters hit.

She adds they plan to continue cleanup efforts of their destroyed building.

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