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Carr family's old home says goodbye

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MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - Here today and gone today. At around 10:30 Friday morning the production crew, and volunteers were getting the Carr family's house ready for demolition. Despite the drizzly, cold weather, everyone was excited, and eager to mark the project off the list.

"[We] moved all the power lines, water lines, cut all the trees down, got everything cleaned out," said builder Gary Bayless. "Now, we got the track-hoe over here about to tear it down."

"First time was about 3:30 this morning, out to the site, and back and forth, running around here all morning," said Joe Runnels, a builder.

They do it all while starting and stopping and starting again for production.

"Hollywood's slowing us down a little bit," said Bayless. "If we could...I said yesterday, move those people."

"They do one corner, then the other," said one volunteer.

"I am ready to start pouring concrete and get this thing going so we can get a house built," said Runnels.

"She hasn't got to meet Ty, yet, but maybe she will before it's over with," said one volunteer.

We snagged an interview with Eugene Pool before he moved his excavator into position.

"I have six hours to tear it down, and build a pad," said Pool. "We do our share, do our part, and to God be the glory."

It stood for years, but within moments, the Carr's home was reduced to a pile of rubble to just about everyone's amazement.

"How they just demolish it,'s crazy," said one volunteer.

"She's going to help - she's going to be the youngest volunteer," said Elizabeth Anderson.

Jimmy Hawley and his 17-month-old daughter, Marli, watched from the sidelines. It is Hawley's job to haul off what is left of the old and get the space ready for the new.

"Probably about 35, 40 loads of dirt to build the new pad," said Hawley.

Keeping in mind the overall mission.

"When you're a part of something this large...that's really going to change someone's life, your heart goes out to them," said Hawley.

"They are precious, wonderful people and wonderful children, and they're so deserving of this...I'm just happy to be a part of that," said Bayless.

And, by the look of things, so is the rest of East Texas.

Almost immediately, the semis moved in to start clearing the site. The builder said they hope to start pouring the foundation for the new home by around three in the morning. It is non-stop action to make sure the family has a nice, safe home to come back to.

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