Neighbors complain of roach-infested house spreading infestations

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

PADUCAH, Ky. - Thomas Willett knows when he moved into his house on Madison Street, he did not have a bug problem. In the past two years he said he started seeing more and more roaches on his porch and foundation. He said when he started finding them in his house he's had enough.

"It's embarrassing," said Willett. "People think you live like that when they come over, but you don't live like that. It's just what's coming to your house."

Willett said they're coming from the house next door and City Code Enforcement Inspector Harland Brazier confirms there are roaches inside.

He inspected the house earlier this week following a complaint. He told Local 6 it's the first complaint to his knowledge about the property, which is a registered HUD house. He said he's only found minor problems in the past like holes in the walls and missing batteries in smoke detectors.

"They were always corrected," he said. "Once they've been corrected, they get re-inspected and we don't go back for another year unless we get a call."

Brazier said this time the report will show differently.

"The house will be condemned for unsanitary conditions," he said. He added that the owner of the house is responsible and will have 30-60 days to clean up the conditions or will face a citation and a fine.

An employee at the HUD officer also confirmed the contract with the owner will be terminated at the end of the month.

The house has been vacant for about three months.

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