Cuyahoga County Land Bank surveys Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home for asbestos


Officials from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank entered Ariel Castro's home for the first time on Thursday as the convicted rapist and killer was in court sentenced to life in prison.

The land bank, which now owns Castro's home after the city of Cleveland transferred the title to the non-profit organization, inspected the residence for asbestos. The inspection is normal procedure for a home that's set to be demolished.

The land bank said the demolition is scheduled for sometime late next week.

About a half dozen officials surveyed the inside and outside of Castro's home for the cancer-causing material. They paid particular attention to the basement and the exterior siding. The survey lasted about an hour.

The land bank said the results of the inspection will be available in the next two days. Its outcome will not affect when Castro's home will be torn down.

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