Neighborhood excited to see dilapidated home torn down due to health, safety hazard
POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 8:09pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — An eye sore off of Highland Road is finally gone and people who live in the neighborhood are happy the city tore down an accused child pornographer's house today.
The house on Stoney Creek is now just a pile of trash and people such as Chris Gearhart, who live just two houses down, said it's about time.
“It had to come to that,” he said. “I'm glad it’s done.”
The owner, David Burke, is behind bars at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He’s been locked up for almost a year on five counts of having child pornography (reduced down from 100 counts).
But it didn't stop there. We’re told there were indicators that he is a hoarder.
“The house was full of stuff; newspaper, food, rodents, it was absolutely a safety hazard,” David Guillory, Director of the Department of Public Works, said. “There were rats and raccoons and things like that.”
The city has been fighting to get the house torn down for years. They called it a big problem for the neighborhood. A tree fell through the house during a storm last year, which is when neighbors really started fighting to get it torn down.
Guillory said the house needed to go.
“We've had some pretty bad ones, but this one was definitely at the top of the list,” he said.
It will take workers a few more days to finish cleaning up this property. However, people such as Gearhart say that as long as the job gets done people all along his street will be able to sleep a little bit easier.
“It's a big relief to see it go down.”
Burke is waiting to go to trial on those child pornography charges.