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Plane crash site an 'eyesore' for neighbors

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014 9:50 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jan 13, 2014 9:50 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: BAKER, home, plane crash, neighbors, condemn, city council, John Fowler, Ryan Naquin

BAKER - People who live near a home that was the scene of a plane crash last year are putting heat on city leaders to destroy what is left of the charred home.

In June, John Fowler had no where else to crash then into the home on Rue Jennifer, off Groom. Fowler died in the crash, and his friends believe he tried to put the plane down where he figured there would be the least amount of casualties. If that is the case, he was correct since no one else was hurt.

Since the crash, the home that burst into flames when the plane slammed into it, has had little to no repairs or cleanup other than the removal of the plane.

"It's so disgusting. It's too embarrassing," a woman who looks outside her backyard at the ruble everyday.

She was so ashamed she asked to not release her name.

"It's so ugly behind my yard. I just don't want to live here anymore I just want to move," she said.

The plane gutted more than half of the home and now old beds, appliances and garbage sit neglected.

"Literally, everything that was in that house is still there," neighbor Larry James said. James lives across the street.

"There's been absolutely no activity on this home," he said. "It's an eyesore."

The Baker City Council is expected to vote on whether to condemn the house and demolish it at Tuesday's 6 p.m. meeting.

The owner of the home has been unavailable for comment concerning stories connected to the crash.

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