Neighbors voice their concerns to FOX 45 about debris from old soap factory
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Neighbors in Dayton are worried about their safety as they say a giant pile of debris left after a fire is inching on to Linden Avenue.
The fire at the Hewitt Soap Factory happened just before Christmas 2016.
FOX 45's Kelly May spoke with neighbors who are worried about hazards from the rubble, and with the city of Dayton about their plans to take care of it.
"Clean it up, get it out of here," Jamie Jones, who lives on 5th Street and drives by the mountain of burned out rubble and debris almost every day, said.
The debris spans approximately one block of Linden Avenue and is multiple stories high.
"It's a huge eyesore, there's debris laying in the road that I've seen multiple times people driving by they had to stop their car pull over and scooted out of the way," Jones said.
After the December fire, wreckers leveled what was left of the factory building.
"I think it's ridiculous that it has been sitting as long as it has and hasn't been cleaned up," Jones said.
Jones said four months later, most neighbors are nervous because the mountain of rubble is crumbling onto Linden Avenue.
"Anything could come off of this pile, it could come off the top who knows something could fly down hit a car… anybody could get in an accident," Jones said.
"Highly traveled street, very visible eye sore, yes we get calls," city of Dayton planning and community development director Aaron Sorrell said.
Sorrell said the city is moving as fast as they can to get the site cleaned up, but they have to be careful for possible asbestos. He also said they understand the pile is on safe but they are limited in what they can do.
"It is almost impossible to secure with the railroad tracks behind it we could put a construction fence along Linden Avenue but that's not really going to kick people out," Sorrell said.
"I've already seen someone climbed this part here," Jones said.
Aside from the potential safety hazards, Jones said it brings the morale of the neighborhood down.
"It's embarrassing, it really is embarrassing for them to see that, I mean we already have the abandoned buildings and then you put this on top of it," Jones said.
But, good news for neighbors, the city said they got bids back on the cleanup for the site on April 20. They said they hope to have equipment on the ground by late May or early June.
Sorrell said in the meantime if you see debris from the pile on Linden Avenue call Dayton Public Works and they will come clean it up.