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City cleans up abandoned home after Call 11 for Action gets involved

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

For years Rodney McClellan has live on North Detroit Avenue in Toledo. He's seen his share of things in the neighborhood, including the latest issues facing his area. We're talking about illegal dumping and debris left behind in an abandoned home.

"It's gotten to the point where I can't take it anymore," said McClellan.

McClellan's concern is about what use to be a home at 3148 North Detroit Avenue. The home caught on fire for the third time in November of last year. Due to its unlivable conditions the fire department put in an order to demolish it. However, during that time people decided to use it for illegal dumping.

"I've called and called the city. I've even called city hall. Why can't someone come pick up this mess?" said McClellan.

Our Call 11 for Action team heard about the problems some neighborhoods were having due to fire demolition debris a few months ago. The city told us that most of it would be picked up.

However we wondered what takes so long. Paul Ringlien, with Toledo's Division of Code Enforcement says in the case of fire demolitions like the property across from McClellan's home, the city gives the homeowner 30 days to clean it up. If the home homeowner doesn't comply, then the city takes on the responsibility of hauling the debris away.

Once the city steps in, it could take a few more months to cut off all electric and gas lines. Ringlein admitted the city is at fault here.

"It's been somewhat of a challenge to make sure we're on top of fire kills," said Ringlein.

Ringlien agreed to meet us out at the site and he promised the city would pick the mess up by the end of the week.

We checked on Friday and to our surprise the debris remained right outside of McClellan's front window. Ringlien said broken equipment was to blame and it would be picked up by Monday. Our crews drove by on Monday and found the city hard at work clearing the property.

"It feels good to finally get what this neighborhood deserves," said McClellan.

Ringlien says at least 12 properties still have debris left over from fires, and the city will try to get to them by the end of June. He's recommending people practice patience and report anyone doing illegal dumping right away.

If you think you have a problem give Call 11 For Action a call at (419) 255-2255 or file a complaint online here.

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