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Woman pleads for city to knock down house

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A Dallas woman wants a vacant house next to her home knocked down, but the city says it will not happen.

Next door to Irma Porter's home, in the 6000 block of Scyene Road, is a house that has stood vacant for more than five years.

"I called code enforcement and they come out and put a sign on the door and they go on ‘bout their business. They won't do anything to try and help me, "Porter said.

The empty home has caused her a lot of grief. One day, Porter said a tree fell on her property.

"It's the trees and things that's falling down on the back and destroying my property. I have to pay my insurance, have to pay for it and I have to pay for it, the rodents got in my truck and ate up the wires in my truck." Porter said.

She has gone as far as buying tarps to try and block what she calls a backyard blight.

Although the house is vacant, there is an owner. The City of Dallas said the owner is elderly and in a nursing home.

The city sent Fox 4 a statement saying, "The property is vacant and properly secured and does not meet the standards for demolition… We are addressing the high weeds and litter issues. Ms. Porter was informed that she could not legally enter another's property without permission to cut down the trees."

Porter prays that she will not have to live the next 18 years next door to a house that's more than just an eyesore.

"It's doing nothing but bringing property down around here," she said.

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