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Burned house still frustrating area residents


Last updated 7/6/2021 at 9:34am

Karin Hill

Police tape lines the driveway of 712 Widefield Drive on Sunday, more than five months after a fire destroyed the house, while the rest of the property remains unsecured.

A burned-out house across the street from Widefield High School continues to frustrate neighbors, who worry about mold and other dangers arising from the pile of rubble that is easily accessible to passersby or curious children despite police caution tape around the perimeter.

"It's a living hell," one neighbor said.

El Paso County spokesman Ryan Parsell said the county is just as unhappy with the lack of progress as neighbors are.

"That's something that we want to get done just as much as they do," he said.

This spring the county obtained all the necessary legal permissions to have the pro...

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