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Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

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CHESTER, Pa. -

Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.

In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.

Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.

She says the place next door has been vacant for years.

It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that.

"The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (From the third floor, to the basement.) And there ain't nothing but rubble," she said.

She says it has been collapsing for years, tearing down her quality of life as it goes.

"That's what I keep living with. And I'm just sick of it," said Redwood.

Go around the front of 806 West 6th Street and you can peer through the window at the rubble inside.

The fear is not unfounded.

Redwood says every big storm brings with it the sound of falling bricks.

"The debris just falls like an earthquake. Just like an earthquake,” said Redwood.

There are other problems. According to Redwood, exposed common wall creates water leaks.

Out back, the neighbor's massive tree has engulfed the chain link fence that borders the properties and uprooted her concrete walkway.

A weathered sign left by the city last October cites health, fire and safety hazards and says the vacant structure must be demolished.

However, 8 months later, there it sits.

Fox 29’s Bruce Gorgon went to Chester City Hall looking for answers.

City officials tell Fox 29 they can't find the owner of the vacant home.

Frankly, we didn't have any luck either.

The city was not immediately able to tell us when the latest inspection was carried out.

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