Fighting for You: Hartselle Residents Watch City Officials Burn Down Abandoned Home

HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Neighbors in one Hartselle community may not have to worry about raccoons, snakes and others animals roaming around outside their door anymore. One woman told WHNT NEWS 19 the animals lived inside an abandoned house across from her home. Ola Mae Kilpatric asked WHNT NEWS 19 asked him to get the house torn down.

Ola Mae Kilpatric made that request in July. WHNT NEWS 19 met with her, walked around her neighborhood and inside the home left abandoned for years. WHNT NEWS 19 took Kilpatric’s concerns to Hartselle’s city hall. Hartselle’s mayor told WHNT NEWS 19 he would look into things. We have results in this ‘Fighting for you’ update.

Kilpatric had no problem pointing out what she thought was the cause of wild animals lingering around her neighborhood.

“It would not be so bad if they would get all these vines and stuff cleaned up,” said Kilpatric.

The Hartselle homeowner took issue with an abandoned home around the corner from where she lives. She told WHNT NEWS 19 she had gone to the Hartselle’s city hall several times to talk with the city council and mayor. Kilpatric said city officials started to sound like a broken record.

“It’s going to be the same story. We are going to send out letters to him to get him to clean it. When they clean it up, they are mostly just pushing it over,” said Kilpatric.

Neighbors say they heard a new song being played from city hall on Monday.

“I appreciate everything everyone has done. The mayor was here. I appreciate it,” said Brenda Sharpley.

Sharpley joined Kilpatric in the fight to get the house torn down. She shared pictures of what she saw happening at the home.  Hartselle firefighters burned the home as part of training.

“There really isn’t any use with it for anybody, so I am glad it is gone,” added Sharpley.

Hartselle’s Public Works crews were back at the site checking for hot spots when WHNT NEWS 19 showed up.

Sharpley watched that too.

“I don’t know. I am just glad it is gone,” added Sharpley.

WHNT NEWS 19 talked with Hartselle’s mayor about the house burn. The mayor said crews hope to start cleaning up the property soon.


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