TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The vacant house on North Superior Street in the Vistula neighborhood of Toledo has caused trouble for neighbors.
Kenneth Wood has lived in the community for 22 years.
“It’s a health hazard, and I think it’s a community hazard,” Wood said.
Wood said squatters were seen in the house.
“I called the police several times. They came out and grabbed one of the guys.
On one occasion, Wood says a squatter in the house started a fire.
“Someone shelled the back of the house,” Wood said. “Me and my grandson were in the house. We heard something pop and crash. He said “Grandfather, Grandfather!” I think there is a fire nearby! so we ran outside.
Firefighters brought the flames under control but investigators never determined an official cause. Officials say it could have been intentionally set or someone inside was trying to stay warm.
Wood says that since the fire, the house has deteriorated further.
“It’s a concern because I don’t know what else is going to happen,” Wood said. “I just don’t understand why it would take so long.”
This property may not be a concern for too long. According to the city of Toledo, the house will be demolished if funds from the American Rescue Plan Act are approved.
A city spokesperson told 13abc that it may take some time for the city to be notified of ownership conditions once the owners pass away, so they are asking residents to call Engage Toledo and keep them posted. aware of properties like this so that issues can be resolved before they become a neighborhood nuisance.
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