Residents put ribbon on burned-out Pa. house

PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) — Some residents of a Pittsburgh suburb have gift-wrapped something they hope will be gone by Christmas: a burned-out house that sits, abandoned and charred, on their street nine months later.

Resident Amy Davis tells WPXI-TV that residents put a big red bow on the house that burned next door to hers in March, so Penn Hills officials will get moving on tearing it down. The residents say the house is unsafe, an eyesore and, they fear, could harm their property values.

Davis says gift-wrapping the house “was done in jest to bring light to a situation where there’s no humor at all.” She says the fire frightened her and caused $8,000 worth of scorching damage to her 100-year-old home.

Municipal code enforcement officer John McCafferty tells the station he just got approval to tear down the home.

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