Drug house finally torn down after months of complaints, 3 fires - FOX 32 News Chicago

Drug house finally torn down after months of complaints, 3 fires

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Less than 24 hours after FOX Chicago News started asking questions, a burnt-out drug house on the West Side is gone.

Kathy Rivera, who lives nearby, has been calling Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr.'s office for months, urging staffers to get the house torn down. She said she never got a response.

"I've been there three years, and the house has been raided three separate times that I'm aware of for drugs," she said.

Rivera says the house, in the 3300 block of W. Iowa, has caught fire three times over the past year, including last weekend. That caused the siding to melt off Rivera's garage.

Burnett says his staffers weren't ignoring Rivera. He says the process to get a house torn down is complicated.

"We can't immediately just tear a building down. A judge has to say 'tear that building down.' Or the judge can give the owner the opportunity to say 'fix it up or board it up'," he said.

But less than a day after we started asking questions, crews showed up to tear the house down this morning.

A spokesperson for the Department of Buildings says paperwork was filed last December to tear the house down, and a permit was issued in May to the demolition company. The spokesperson tells FOX Chicago News the city made a call to the company yesterday, telling them it was time to get the job done. She says if  you have concerns about a property in your neighborhood, it's best to call 311.

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