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Time winding down to get rid of damaged house

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Posted: Mar 3, 2014 10:07 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Mar 3, 2014 10:07 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: homeowner, Baker, plane crash, Rue Jennifer, eyesore, condemnation, home

BAKER - A homeowner has two weeks to tear down an eyesore in Baker or the city says they'll do it for him.

It's been almost nine months since a small plane crashed into a Baker neighborhood. The wreckage hasn't changed much since the accident, and people who live nearby want the mess gone.

"I want to move because of this," said Denise Williams. "It's added more stress to us as residents around here because we have to look at this every day. We have people pass up and down the street just to see where the plane crashed."

In June, John Fowler had no where else to crash but into the home on Rue Jennifer, off Groom. Fowler was the only person who died from the accident that damaged three homes.

Two of the homes have been repaired and the owners have moved back in. The home at 5404 Rue Jennifer was completely destroyed. The city has posted a condemnation notice on the boarded up garage. Baker City Inspector Jack Gleason says the homeowner has until March 18 to demolish the home, or the city will take over.

Although the neighborhood is living with an eyesore, Baker City Attorney Ken Fabre says everything has been followed by the book.

"The owner of this home asked for more time. He came before the council and asked," said Fabre. "There was a motion to grant that request, and that passed by majority."

The homeowner told News Two he will be in attendance at the next city council meeting on March 11, but did not give any indication about his decision to demolish the home or request another extension.

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