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Mysterious `blob` oozes in front of Montrose Avenue home

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It crawls, it creeps, it's The Blob! Well, not that one. It's a longtime unknown substance in a North Side community that has been nicknamed "the blob."

"It's just as hard as can be, but it feels as though it's hollow," homeowner Linda Bartoli explains.

Linda and Larry Bartoli have lived on Montrose near Lincoln for more than 20 years. The couple was forced to cut down their beloved mulberry tree 10 years ago.

"It started coming up and there were little mushrooms, coming into big mushrooms that I swept away," she says. "And then it came up and it just went under the fence."

It oozed over, first appearing white, and then slowly turning dark green and black.

"It was so rock hard, we couldn't remove it. And then we said it's not so bad, let's see where it goes!"

And it has continued to grow ever since, leaving a lasting legacy with the neighbors.

"I work at a school called North Park Elementary and the kids come by here all the time and we talk about the blob and how much bigger it's become," Mary Johnson says of the ever-growing object.

As it keeps growing, reaching out past the Bartoli's yard. The questions that remain are: what is it and why is it there?

The Bartoli's joke that maybe it's the ghost of the mulberry tree.

"I think it is!" Linda says.

"It's just not going to die," Larry adds. "That's for sure. It just keeps coming back and coming back."

Larry Bartoli says he took a part of the blob to some experts and they weren't able to tell him exactly what it is.

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