Carbonear issues order to tear down house where Quinn Butt died

Published on January 10, 2017

Carbonear council issued a demolition order Monday for 12 Hayden Heights, the same home where five-year-old Quinn Butt died.

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CARBONEAR — A house on Hayden Heights in Carbonear that reminds neighbours everyday of a horrifying event is one step closer to being no more.

Carbonear council unanimously gave approval on Monday to issue a demolition order for the house at 12 Hayden Heights. That’s where five-year-old Quinn Butt died last April. Her father, Trent Spencer Butt, is charged with first-degree murder and arson. The house, which belonged to Trent, was on fire at the time of Quinn’s death.

“It’s a memory. People in the area have had to look at that for eight or 10 months,” Mayor George Butt Jr. told The Compass the morning after the council meeting. “This is long overdue.”

Trent Spencer Butt
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Coun. David Kennedy is among those who live close to the property. He excused himself from council chambers prior to Monday’s vote, though he has spoken publicly about the neighbourhood’s desire to have the house destroyed.

The mayor would like to have the issue put to rest within the 30-day notice period, though he admits it may prove difficult to get the necessary work completed during winter months.

A Canadian Press report last month indicated the property might be on its way to being taken over by a bank. A Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation spokesman told The Canadian Press it is in touch with the lender and prepared to help resolve the matter if needed.


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A 10-day preliminary inquiry for Trent Butt is scheduled to begin this Thursday in Harbour Grace.