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July 10, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-3 City demolishes derelicthouse By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty com A rat was the last resident at 2125 Washington St. The startled rodent paused briefly on Tuesday morning when a Shelton Police officer pointed a flashlight in its face, and then the rat scurried away across broken floors strewn with busted pottery, dolls, rocks and record albums, in- cluding "Doris Days Greatest Hits." A butcher knife was im- bedded in the wall next to the crumbling fireplace. The two officers were check- ing to ensure no one was inside the moss-covered two-story house in Shelton's Mountain View neighborhood. It's been about 20 years since human have officially lived there, but intruders have twice set the structure on fire. Also, "there's been rac- coons here," pointed out Erik Birk, an associate planner and code enforcement officer for the city. "There's a hole in the roof." At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, a demolition crew, under the orders of the city of Shelton, began tearing down the house, to the obvious delight of the neighbors. The city in April issued i i i Journal photo by Gordon Weeks A demolition crew hired by the city of Shelton begins demolishing a dilapidated house on Tuesday at 2125 Washington St. in the Mountain View neighborhood. The house was not officially occupied for 20 years, but intruders included drug users, raccoons and rats. contracts for about $16,000part of its abatement pro-The city had to remove as- take three days to level the to demolish the Washing- gram. The two structures bestos from the Washington house and cart away the ton Street house and a were on the city's top 10 list Street house before demolition debris. 660-square-foot mobile homeof unsafe, derelict buildings began Tuesday. at 611 Fairmount Ave. as targeted for abatement. Staff expected it would see HOUSE, page A-11 Enjoy delicious food from $10 Gift Certificate with your new subscription to the Journal! as our way of saying Thank , ou for the" OU