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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
Tom Merkel (sitting) gets condolence and help moving items removed from the his home by neighbors
Friends help Tom Merkel move some of the property allowed to be removed from the seized home
Tom Merkel pleads with the driver of the skip loader not to tear down his home.
Tom Merkel, who has been under an eviction order for more than a year, is advised to let the dozer do its job
Friends and neighbors document the situation while Tom tries to arrange for the some cars to towed
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
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
A view of the skip loader tearing down the home among the oak trees
Tom Merkel with friends, neighbors, and law enforcement watch the demolition from across the street
Within an hour most of the structures on the property are demolished
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