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Abandoned house creates concern for neighbors and city

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Overgrown weeds and unkept properties can be a neighborhood eyesore.

But if they're not dealt with, those problems can sometimes escalate into a dangerous situation. Old tires, huge piles of leaves, falling gates, and several other problems surround an abandoned Kennewick home.

Neighbors say they're concerned those problems could put their lives in danger, "If a fire got started in the middle of the night, that this house could go up in flames too," explains David Weston who lives next to the abandoned house.

Code enforcement officer Jeani Ginder says about 90 percent of the homeowners they deal with fix violations, "when we send a notice out, a person has 2 weeks to comply, they can take a couple different avenues from there where they can sign a voluntary correction agreement with the city," says Ginder.

For the 10 percent who don't respond to violation notices, Ginder says formal steps are taken that could lead to the house being boarded up and overgrown weeds and brush mowed. However, she adds that process could some time.

Code enforcement officers say the best solution to this issue is communication. Whether you're a homeowner experiencing financial problems with your home or a neighbor who notices blight, the city says who can visit city hall or call them at 582-1355.