Site of 2009 fire called 'health hazard'

Debris, human waste clog neighborhood lot

SAN ANTONIO - Some neighbors on the South Side are still dealing with the aftermath of a house fire that happened almost three years ago.

The lot where the house once stood on East Formosa Boulevard is now full of shopping carts, junk and even human waste.

Esaw Soriano lives across the street. "There's a lot of broken glass, a lot of debris," Soriano said.

It is full of junk, paint cans, food containers, a school speed zone sign, even a sign for a dentist's office, he said.

The house that stood there burned in 2009. Since then, someone has used it as a dumping ground -- even living in a container there, Soriano said.

"There's, like, a little cushion in there where he lays or sleeps on there or something," Soriano said.

Soriano said it's not just an eyesore -- the toilet full of human waste, making it a health hazard.

"The smell is horrible," Soriano said. "I mean (from) that far away. There's a (portable toilet), like an outhouse out there."

Neighbor Carlos Lopez said he has asked the city for help numerous times. "Yesterday, the code compliance guy passed by, didn't stop," Lopez said. "I had to call him back. He came back. He says, 'Well, I didn't know if you wanted me to stop.' I said, 'Get out, take pictures, look at it.'"

Marc Castro of Code Enforcement Services said the city already has a plan to clean up the lot.


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