Neighbors want abandoned house demolished

Posted at: 02/04/2013 6:35 PM
Updated at: 02/04/2013 6:36 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Neighbors in one northeast Albuquerque neighborhood said the abandoned house next door to them is not just an eyesore, it’s downright dangerous.

Therewere two more fires at the house near Juan Tabo and Candelaria over the weekend.  Investigators believe they may have been intentionally set.

No one has lived in the house for the past month, after a woman died in a house fire there in early January. After that fire, it was red-tagged by the city.

So when a fire sparked there Sunday night during the Super Bowl, you can imagine the disbelief in the neighbors eyes, a problem they fear will not stop until the house is gone for good.

In flames and swarmed by firefighters is what the house looked like the night of January 5, as crews rushed to put out a fire that killed 84-year-old Juanita Adams, and is the same haunting image neighbor Jim Bride said the house looked like again Sunday night.

"There's just like this little pocket of cancer that sits right here and just can't get rid of it," Bride said.

Hours later, even after it was put out, Bride said flames reignited and fire crews rushed back.

"It just feels like the house wants to die, wants to go away, there's a bad feeling around it and the whole community can just feel it," Bride said.

Bob Trudo has surveillance cameras set up all around his house for protection from whatever is going on next door.

"There's probably no more than a five minute period at any point during the day when we're awake where we're not looking out the window, making sure the place is still there," Trudo, who lives on the other side, said.

Trudo showed KOB Eyewitness News 4 what his cameras captured Sunday night.  The footage shows bright flashes of light in the left corner of the screen.  Trudo said that is where flames exploded out of the house.

"They were going up between 30 and 40 feet into the air, and at that point I said, 'Oh my God, what's happening now,'" Trudo said.

Neighbors said the home is just a disaster waiting to happen. "This house needs to go," Bride said.

According to the Safe City Strike Force, the house is scheduled to be knocked down Tuesday.