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Hartford residents call on city to tear down hazardous building

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Residents of Hartford urged the city to tear down a three family home on Babcock Street destroyed by arson last September.  (WFSB) Residents of Hartford urged the city to tear down a three family home on Babcock Street destroyed by arson last September. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Residents of Hartford urged the city to tear down a building destroyed by arson last September.

A three family home on Babcock Street was vacant for years before it was torched.

PNC owns the building, which has attracted drug dealers and squatters since it became empty.

Residents in the neighborhood are fed up because although the building has had problems for years, it is now being called dangerous because of the fire.

"The bricks [are] falling down, as you can see parts of the roof are hanging in the trees," neighbor Bob Trahan said.

He lost eight windows when the building caught fire.

18-year-old Jareel Torres was arrested for torching the building with gasoline.

According to neighbors, the incident was just a matter of time.

"They could have sold it many times but they wouldn't back off the price," said Trahan.

Eyewitness News has been to the property a few times and each time the station did a story things were cleaned up.

However, within weeks, the drugs and squatters were back.

Bob Melusky owns a property on the street. He said residents have put up with enough because of PNC.

"PNC has been extremely irresponsible in spite of numerous notices from the city of Hartford that this building is in danger of imminent collapse --they have not come here and paid to have this building taken down --and it's gotten to the point where the city will have to take direct action ---and the city doesn't have the money - this will be expensive for the city at a time when they have zero dollars to do this type of elective work," Melusky said.  

The city's building inspectors and PNC have not yet provided a comment.

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