Condemned meth house near elementary school

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A home in Corbin is now condemned and unfit for living because of methamphetamine.

Police arrested Jimmy Gilbert, Jr. and Heather Miller, who were living in the home, on manufacturing meth charges.

But officials say more than likely the two will be homeless when they get out of jail.

"We received a search warrant for the residence and upon execution of that search warrant, we found one active meth lab inside the house and three outside the residence," said Rob Jones, with the Corbin Police Department.

Police found one of the meth labs in a toy house. The kids did not live in the home, but they did visit on a regular basis.

The Corbin Building Inspector says even if the meth labs are removed the house is still unsafe.

"My recommendation at this point would be demolition. We have to go through the legal process and the owners will have to be properly notified," said Frank Burke, the Corbin Building Inspector.

But tearing it down is both expensive and hazardous.

"When a meth lab is involved in the process, it complicates things more because the clean up is much more expensive and it has to be to certified clean before we can do anything," said Burke.

But officials biggest concern is the elementary school just 150 yards away.

"The elementary school is just right up there and the middle school is down there on the corner, so it's a terrible thing," said Hubert Davidson, who lives near the condemned house.

"Kids are everywhere especially at 3 o'clock when school lets out, so it's no telling what they'll get in and what they'll do," said Jones.

But for now the home is just condemned and officials see no immediate danger.

"I do have concerns. It's pretty much contained in that area, so I don't think there's any danger to children immediately but could have been," said Burke.

Officials hope to either repair the home or demolish it soon.

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