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On a mission saving historic homes in Phoenix

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Take a look at these pictures. This is the inside of a Phoenix historical home. It's been destroyed twice by fires, and once by a hoarder.

But a valley developer is trying to pump new life into this home, which is located just blocks from the state capitol.

Tom Havey has been busy in the past three months, cleaning up after two fires and a hoarder who used to live here. Tom is reclaiming it.

"We saved some of the burned stuff like this bracket here to be able to duplicate it so it can go back up on the front of the house," says Havey.

It's a labor of love. Tom sees a run-down historic home and wants to save it.

"For a lot of reasons, you are not going to ever have a house like this again. This is substantial, it's 1,300 feet, it has a full basement which is really really rare," says Havey.

There are four bedrooms in that basement. Tom put in a new roof. But there is still more work to be done inside and out.

As bad as this house is, Tom Havey says he can refinish it and have it ready to rent.

He admits the house is not in the best neighborhood. It's called Oakland and it's a few blocks from the state capitol.

"It's the lowest of the historic district in Phoenix, the neglected stepchild of the historic district."

But Havey predicts the future is bright for the house and for the neighborhood.

Tom Havey has already bought 15 run-down homes in historic neighborhoods, and made them livable.

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