Two Detroit homes on same street demolished due to blight, debris left behind

First it was one house on Appoline demolished in Detroit; all in the name of removing blight. Then a second one. Now, debris from both homes remains and neighbors are fed up and want to know one thing: who's going to clean it up?

Residents say this pile of rubble on Appoline has been their unwanted neighbor for far too long. Sammy Harris talked with FOX 2's Ingrid Kelley. He said they've contacted the city to get it removed but their pleas for help aren't getting them anywhere.

"(I've talked with the) rubbish department, demolition department, they keep keep giving me different departments. Just tired of rubbish. I've got to look at this everyday," Harris said.

Harris and other neighbors say the house that once stood there caught fire, since then it's been nothing but problems.

"Rodents and scrapers have been going through the rubbish. Hopefully nobody gets hurt," Harris said.

Harris says he's afraid of what could happen next so he contacted the FOX 2 Problem Solvers for answers

We reached out to the city and officials tell FOX 2 that the ball is already rolling to clear away these fire damaged structures.

Officials say this location, along with 370 other fire insurance escrow structures, will be demolished and cleared at a pace of 90 per week during the months of June and July. 

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