ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Repeated city promises have gone nowhere to tear down a problem house in a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood. The house has been the scene of three fires so far. In one of them, a woman's body was found inside.
Now, the city council is getting involved. Since January city officials have said they were taking swift action to tear down the house, but it's still standing, and neighbors are still concerned.
"Occasionally, we're hearing wood splintering so the rafters are starting to come down," said Bob Trudo, who lives near the unsteady home. "They were hit really hard during those fires."
Trudo said he will be attending Monday's city council finance meeting in hopes of seeing the house on Lexington northeast torn down soon.
The city's Safe City Strike Force is asking councilors to approve money for the demolition. The most recent blaze at the house happened Super Bowl Sunday.
Before that, two other fires took place there, one where homeowner Juanita Adams was found dead inside.
City officials told KRQE News 13 they've faced more than a few challenges. A contractor went to the property Feburary 13th to destroy the house, but the Safe City Strike Force said the heir to the property became very combative with workers and neighbors, so it hasn't been done.
Now, the city said they're seeking a court junction to demolish the house.
"Basically we're going to cross our t's and dot our i's and then we'll go forward and see the judge," said Joe Martinez, of Safe City Strike Force. "Because like I said, he was very disruptive the last time we were there, and with a judges order he would be in contempt of the judges order if he interferes again."
Monday night, the Safe City Strike Force will present the case to the city's finance committee to seek city funds to demolish it, and send the bill to the property heir.
Safe City Strike Force will present the case to city counselors next week, and a hearing for the property is also scheduled for March 28th in District Court. Martinez said if a judge provides a court order, they'll proceed with demolition immediately.