A burned house in Toledo disturbs the neighbors


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – On East Weber Street in the Lagrange neighborhood of Toledo sits a vacant eyesore.

According to neighbors, the house caught fire years ago, and it has been deteriorating ever since.

“It’s very scary to see that there because, as you can see, the trees have grown, and the weeds are taking over. You can’t even buy the front door. has no windows or doors. You can’t find them because of all the debris,’ said Miss Lyons, who lives across the street.

Lyons said she and a few elderly neighbors are doing their best to control the bloom, but they shouldn’t be doing much, and they shouldn’t have to.

“We went out there and cut the weeds and knocked them down. But as you can see they’ve grown back, and it’s just out of control, it’s out of control,” Lyons said.

Neighborhood residents say they saw people coming in and out of the house, looting anything they could get their hands on.

“We saw individuals coming and going there. We don’t know who these people are, homeless people. Probably looking for shelter. Or we see individuals crawling through the windows. And her husband is sick; he has oxygen. If there’s been a fire there, they’re in big trouble,” Lyons said of the vacant house and the house next door. “We wrote letters, we called. What else can we do?”

Dennis Kennedy, commissioner of the city’s urban beautification department, said the city’s inventory of properties to be maintained has grown exponentially. The city once had 1,500 properties to take care of, and now there are over 6,000.

“There will always be a property that slips through the cracks, and that hurts us. We do not want people with this scourge in their community; we want them to have a good quality of life. So we appreciate people calling us and telling us about it,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy says it’s crucial that people continue to update the city on ownership conditions so they don’t get overrun like the Weber Street horror.

If you have a neighborhood nuisance in your community, email [email protected] and be sure to include photos, a phone number, and any information that may help resolve your issue.

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