Hurst Home Still an Eyesore a Year After Fire Gutted It, Neighbors Say

More than a year after the house across the street nearly burned to the ground on a cold December night, people living on Barber Street in Hurst say it's time for the charred remains to go. Doris Dodson was one of several neighbors who braved the cold to watch firefighters battle the flames. "It seems like every time they knocked it down, it would flare back up," Dodson said. Dodson remembers people coming and going in the days to follow, taking care of the insurance claim and loading anything that could be salvaged. Then the home was boarded and left to sit for the next 12 months."It's frustrating. It's sickening. I mean, I don't know what effect this is having on my property value, nevermind all of my neighbors'," Dodson said. She and others have called the city multiple times to see what can be done. Next door to the nuisance home, Ryan Camelin called the city again recently when his family was greeted by a 30-pound raccoon."We've had squatters living in the shed. We've had animals, and we've had debris blowing off of it into our yard, so we're having to clean it up," Camelin said.Read NBC5's full report here.  Continue reading...

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