My wife and I recently purchased 10 acres with an old house that was damaged by hurricane Rita. We are going to build in a few months. I learned a couple of weeks ago that the volunteer fire dept. would burn the house down for free. They do this for training. They set a couple of fires and then sent teams in to put them out. They did this several times over a couple of hours and finally let it burn to the ground. It was the first time i have been around a house fire and it was impressive to watch. Keep this in mind if you or a friend ever need to get rid of an old structure. They were very greatful to us for the opportunity.