Fire Hazard in Your Own Backyard

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - On every block, in every neighborhood, you can find at least one house that is no longer maintained by its owner. Not only are these homes an eyesore they can be dangerous.

"The debris and clutter around those houses make them a fiery death trap," said Precinct 2, Constable Choc Harris. He says deputies and the other Constables in Midland County go out and look for homes that may have too much trash that can be both a health and fire danger.

"It's a public health hazard and that's why its under the health and safety code that's why we can go after them," said Constable Harris, who says fines can range from $50 to $1000 dollars, plus court costs.

Vivian Crawford, lives in Midland County and says she constantly worries about her home.

"It's right here at my back door, that this is all grown up," said Crawford. "I just worry about people being careless."

Constable Harris says part of the problem, people who once burned their trash aren't getting rid of it.

"I hate to tell you are going to have to get rid of it one way, you can't store it on your property, you are either going to have to take it to the public dump or have somebody come and pick it up," said Constable Harris.

To report dangerous conditions you can call Midland County Constables Office at 688-4700