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Homeowner responds to neighbors' complaints about home

Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) - For the past five months, if you drove through Lighthouse Way in Myrtle Beach, you would see a lot with yellow tape surrounding the ashes of what used to be a home.

While neighbors empathized with the homeowner, they wanted the situation taken care of.

"Nothing's been said about it, nothing's been done about it, and we'd just like to have some answers," said Marie Butler, a concerned neighbor.

Now, the neighborhood is getting answers. Gregg Weissman says he was finally able to start demolishing the property.

"Unfortunately, I was not in control of the situation, but now I am and the first thing on my list was to demo this property and get it back to where it needs to be," said Weissman.

Weissman was actually in the house when it burned down. He suffered severe burns and spent months in the hospital.

When he got out, he was faced with a decision. He had to dip into savings and pay to fix the house, or wait for his insurance claim.

"I made a decision that was better off to buy a place for my kids to be able to eat and a table and food and things that I had lost, versus demolishing this property to make my neighbors happy that their property value would depreciate," Weissman said.

While Weissman found a new place to live, he was still paying rent and his mortgage for his house, while he waited on the insurance company. Weissman says he finally received his check this past week.

He was only able to get the money after working things out with the South Carolina Department of Insurance.

"If I hadn't had some money saved up, I certainly would have been homeless," He said. "There's no way I could have afforded my mortgage and my rent."

Now his property is being flipped and he plans to build a new home in the same location. He says despite some of the complaints, everyone else in the community has helped him get to where he is.

"I am grateful for everybody that's been empathetic and supportive of me," he said.

Demolition on Weissman's lot started this week and he says crews should start building his new house within a month.

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