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Demolition Day for Tom Merkel's Cabin

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Tom Merkel leaves his cabin for the last time as federal authorities discuss logistics of the demolition

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Tom Merkel (sitting) gets condolence and help moving items removed from the his home by neighbors

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Friends help Tom Merkel move some of the property allowed to be removed from the seized home

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Tom Merkel pleads with the driver of the skip loader not to tear down his home.

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Tom Merkel, who has been under an eviction order for more than a year, is advised to let the dozer do its job

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Friends and neighbors document the situation while Tom tries to arrange for the some cars to towed

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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As the dozer tears the buildings down, the Los Padres National Forest Service firefighters, on hand as a precaution, hose down the demolition area to keep the dust at bay causing a rainbow from the rubble

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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A scared cat tried hiding on the roof during the demolition until a fire fighter's hose rained the idea that the building was no longer a safe place

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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A view of the skip loader tearing down the home among the oak trees

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Tom Merkel with friends, neighbors, and law enforcement watch the demolition from across the street

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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Within an hour most of the structures on the property are demolished

Published on Oct. 22, 2009

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