People in Logan worried following collapse of abandoned home

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Neighbors say they're fed up and fearful after watching an abandoned home collapse in their neighborhood.

Neighbors along First Davis Street near Holden say they've slowly watched the condemned house decline for more than a decade.

Now, they're calling for action before their own homes are compromised.

"If it catches fire, it'll burn down my house and the one above me," John T. Vance said.

Ella Workman lives directly across from the house and says she wakes up to the disgusting sight every day.

"It's an eyesore and a health hazard," she said. "Children try to play basketball near there."

Workman says the deteriorating house has attracted unwelcome guests to the neighborhood and into her home.

"We had a mice problem ... they came in, and we couldn't get rid of them," she said. "And then there were snakes ... and coyotes have been hanging around."

Richard Ojeda heads the LEAD community action group and says the collapsed home is destroying neighbors' lives.

"It's been holding them hostage for 15 years," Ojeda said. "It has lowered the property values for anyone in this area. If they would like to sell their property and move, they can't."

Neighbors say the homeowners left town years ago and haven't been heard from since.

They say several officials visited the street a few years ago but haven't made any changes.

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