County Officials Remove Health Hazard

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Pike County officials say an abandoned house caused problems and health hazards for decades in the Hardy community.

On Tuesday, it came down.

Crews are picking up what's left here at the scene. Just a few hours ago, this was a house, but now it is just rubble.

People say the house stood in this shape for decades, but it only took minutes for it to fall.

“It's been an abandoned, dilapidated house for as long as I can remember. This house has been causing problems my entire life,” Magistrate Chris Harris said.

Drivers on Highway 319 say the house made it hard to see the sharp curve.

Firefighters say that caused a lot of wrecks.

They also called the house the number one fire hazard in the area.

“We expected for years to get a call on this house because it was so dry. Actually a cigarette butt flipped out of a vehicle at the right place could have easily set this house,” Nee Jackson, Belfry Fire Department Chief said

County officials say it was also a health threat, it attracted snakes and other animals and they worried about children playing in it.

They used the county's new public nuisance ordinance to demolish it.

“We've got to do this. The county needs to be cleaned up. Everybody here is elated today that this has been erased,” Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said.

People told us now they want to see the land put to good use.

Crews say they're already planning their next demolition. The next stop is a three story house in Marrowbone.

Under the ordinance, the owner has 90 days to take care of the problem before the county steps in and takes control.

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