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House of Fleas a Big Stink

By: Brook Thacker
By: Brook Thacker

When does your neighbor's problem, become your problem? Many people are blessed with good neighbors some aren't so lucky. That's the case on one street in Ironton where neighbors say an abandoned home has become a big stink.

The Ironton Fire Department and police were called to this home on Monday night they found what neighbors suspected all along.

At first look it is an unsuspecting house. A closer look and you may notice no one is home. But you have to look closer still to see the big problem.

There is an unbelievable amount of fleas.

Mark Lynch tells us, “This is my 3rd time doing this, it was 100 dollars today just getting supplies, and I went last week, and the week before. They're coming out of this house right here.”

These tiny pests are just one part of the problem.

Ginny Lynch tells us how she noticed the problem, “I was washing dishes one night and thought there was a dead mouse in my kitchen, and I couldn't find it... Then I realized something was dead somewhere.

Leigh Ann explains the actions they have had to take, “We called the fire department one night, we smell something and we haven't seen him in a long time, we don't know what's in there. Something is dead in there.”

Ironton police told us they found a dead dog inside the house.If your neighbors can smell the inside of your house on the out, and its not fried chicken, something should be done.

In the mean time neighbors are waiting for the homeowner to come home and deal with the mess that is now affecting them.

Mark Lynch commented, “Basically he's smacked us all in the face, everyone in this neighborhood, saying I don't give a crap about you guys, to heck with you. “

The local health department is investigating the home, but they would not comment any further on this case. Ironton police say they are looking into whether charges need to be filed against the home's owner.


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