Fed-up neighbors tear down burned-out homes in Detroit

(WXYZ) - It's been years since flames destroyed four homes on Cabot street. 

Since then, they have been sitting vacant, adding to the blight problem.  Neighbors are so fed up, they decided to finish tearing down the homes themselves. But, they run the risk of being punished for their good deed.

Residents say they made countless efforts to have the dangerous structures removed, but nothing was every visibly done. So, they decided to take matters into their own hands and finish the demolition. That's when they say they were surprised when elected leaders warned them they could face legal trouble.

Worried someone would get hurt, neighbors decided to take the risk and start the work of tearing down the houses.

After Action News called Mayor Duggan's office, the director for the department of public works came out to the site to see for himself what was going on.

He praised the neighbor's passion and willingness to make Detroit a better place, but cautioned them and others about the dangers of dealing with abandoned homes. 

A city crew is going to assist in removing the debris and renewed efforts are being made to have the other two homes leveled.

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