Downtown Eye Sore Creates another Problem

Fresno Crews demolished this building in mid-January at the corner of San Joaquin and Fulton.

That was more than a month ago and the rubble remains. Heavy rains weakened the structure forcing the city to quickly tear it down. Neighbors now want the mess cleaned up.

Inspectors have recently detected small amounts of the cancer causing chemical asbestos and city officials say they can't touch the property because it is now in bankruptcy court.

Deputy City Attorney Charlotte Hylton said, "We're moving as quickly as we can to get the rubble removed." Hylton said the asbestos does not pose a public health danger but she warns people to stay out of the rubble.

She expects the mound could remain for up to a month.

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