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Jan 28, 2010 3:39 PM by Katie LaGrone

Abandoned home full of tires

A Lehigh Acres, Florida 2 story, 3-car garage home looks normal from the outside, but is hiding hundreds of used tires inside. Now neighbors are worried about the fire hazard of all those tires.

"All back there, it's about waist high in tires," said Dale Nottingham of Lee County Pollution Prevention.

Hundreds of used car tires fill the home.

Nottingham, director of Lee County's pollution prevention program, has witnessed a lot of illegal tire dumping in his 20 years, but says this is a first.

"This is one that's unique because they did go to this abandoned house and use it for their final disposal method," said Nottingham.

Nottingham believes the culprit is a car dealer or a recycler who ditched the law of tire trashing only to pocket disposal fees.

The find is much more than an illegal dumping scene. Rubber tires are a fire hazard.

Neighbors want them gone.

"Once a fire starts, these things will spread like wildfire," said neighbor Clinton Bartley.

It's a curious case, one the sheriff's office and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are tracking to find out who is responsible for the house of tires.

 

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