MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Tyrone Hinds lives on Overton Crossing in Frayser. He says at times he feels as though he's living in a jungle because of all the vermin that lives next door to him in a destroyed, abandoned home.
Hinds says what's left of the house now has "possums, coons, squirrel nests up in it," adding he's also had to kill several snakes coming from the property.
Because of the state the home is in, he and his 9-year-old daughter feel like prisoners. "I try not to come outside unless I'm leaving or feeding the dog," he says. "She doesn't come outside at all too much."
When his daughter did venture outside recently, a rat scared her back inside.
Hinds says he has called the owner only to be told she doesn't want the house, which has extreme structural damage due to a fallen tree.
When he called the city, "They say 5 to 6 months and I call back and it's still looking the same," he says. "They say they'll board it up but there's no way to board it up when the whole living room wall is just gone."
ABC 24 News contacted the city and were told the property is scheduled for a condemnation hearing in two weeks. If there aren't any objections, it will be condemned and demolished within 90 days.