The problem is the poll question is not very complete, it's leave a great deal to the reader's imagination. That's why there are so many differing responses.
In my mind his question produces an image of a large abandoned building with heavy fire. Only aggressive fire attack actions are going to have an impact upon it.
His reference to how Detroit is treating these structures is another tip off to what he's asking.
Your points are valid and trust me we are thinking the same way. There can be no one size fits all answer to the OP's original post, just too many variables and too many unanswered questions.