Arsons worry neighbors in Liberty Township

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Fire ripped through an abandoned apartment building in Liberty Township early Friday morning for at least the third time in two years.

“There was five of them and now we are down to one. So, they have been setting them on fire here and there. They have been so dilapidated and stripped down,” said Chief Michael Durkin with the Liberty Township Fire Department.

“It’s a big vacant area, I am sure there are some issues with people hanging out in there.”

It has been an all too often occurrence for neighbors, who said they constantly see people going in and out of the complex that no one has lived in for years.

“It’s been a big issue. Cars going back there all the time. Doing drugs, sexually activity. Dogs barking all night. Just nonsense,” said Britaney Newell.

The weeds at the last standing building of the Liberty Square Apartments are at least knee-high. Neighbors said that it is a huge eyesore but officials said it is not as simple as it looks to just tear down the building.

“They have asbestos in them. And it is very expensive to abate them. We are still researching, in fact we have it on our agenda Monday to look at bids to get the lowest bid for it so we can get them down,” said Chief Durkin.

Something that would not be a second too late for Newell.

“It’s a big one, I have children and I refuse to let that go on anymore. I do not want that around my kids and I do not want them growing up around it. Everybody wants it to go so the drug activity, the sexual activity would stop,” said Newell.

The meeting to look at bids to eliminate the asbestos is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013.

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