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UPDATE: Birmingham crews demolish part of burned, vacant hotel

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City leaders say there are potential buyers, including the Salvation Army, for the vacant Adams Inn property in Birmingham.

Crews demolished part of the building after it caught fire Wednesday night. The building has been abandoned for several years and was damaged by previous fires.

Don Lupo, with the City of Birmingham, says Adams Inn was condemned in 2010. But he says it would cost the city nearly $1 million for the entire demolition process, which includes many steps. But he says implementation of Alabama's Land Bank Act will make it easier for the city to take over properties that have been condemned and tax-delinquent for several years.

Chief C.W. Mardis with Birmingham Fire and Rescue says investigators believe the fire was "intentionally set" but no one was inside the building when the fire began.

Mardis tells ABC 33/40 homeless people were known to be inside the building, and the city has tried contacting the building's owner for years but those efforts have been unsuccessful.

Lupo, however, says city officials have made some contact with the property owner regarding fencing in the area. He believes the owner does not live in Birmingham.

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