Fighting for You: Former Owner Of Storm-Damaged Home Identified

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Homeowners in a Limestone County subdivision say a storm-damaged home is giving them a headache. A tornado destroyed the home in March. The home remains, but no one is living there. The owner of the destroyed home called WHNT NEWS 19 after the first story aired. The owner was very apologetic to his former neighbors, but says there's nothing he can do.


Billy Hunt called the WHNT NEWS 19 late Friday afternoon saying he had been the owner of the home on Juanita Drive in Athens. Hunt said he doesn't own the home anymore, but a mortgage company does. Hunt is no longer responsible for the property. WHNT NEWS 19 called the mortgage company.


Ernie Supulski was frustrated the last time we talked.

"Everybody's efforts seem to have been in vain. We thought, having watched your newscast before, that you seemed to get some prompt action on the stories that you've done," said Supulski.


Supulski talked to everyone he could to find the owner of a home destroyed by a tornado in March. He never found the owner. WHNT NEWS 19 searched public records, but could not confirm the information found. Hunt heard about the story and called WHNT NEWS 19. HUnt told the station he owned the home until a couple of weeks ago.


Hunt revealed Florida-based Household Finance owns his former home.


WHNT NEWS 19 called the company to get more information and got the person familiar with the Eagle Point home.


"I can't disclose any information with you. I really should not be having these conversations," said the Household Finance Employee.


WHNT understand the woman not wanting to talk to the media, so asked if she could get us in touch with the company's spokesperson. The woman said no one was available at her location. She would not pass along the contact's information.


"I can't give you any more information. I am sorry," added the employee.


The woman hung up the phone without saying goodbye. The employee's abrupt hang-up concerned WHNT NEWS 19. The station contacted the Better Business Bureau of West Florida to ask about the mortgage company's status.  A representative with the BBB of West Florida told WHNT NEWS 19 Household Finance was not accredited with the BBB, but did have 1293 complaints filed with the BBB against it.

The BBB of West Florida told WHNT NEWS 19 Household Finance is listed as doing business under other names. The company is using more than two dozen other names.

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