Rodent-infested house torn down after 10 On Your Side report

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News house, once the center of rodent horrors, is now gone.

A year ago, the home sat on the corner of 73rd Street and Madison Avenue and was infested with rats.

“They were huge and they were everywhere. They were not afraid of people,” neighbor Barry Fernandez said. “I see a huge difference [now].”

Neighbors were scared to even go outside, unlike their long-tailed visitors. A year later, things have changed.

“You would never know,” Fernandez said. “If you juxtapose the picture then and now, you’d never know what is in the same spot.”

The house is gone and so are the rats. Newport News City officials told 10 On Your Side the owner of the home was first cited just a couple weeks before our first report. The owner had an exterminator come in and kill all the rodents. WAVY.com was told, over the last year, the owner was cited several other times for trash and unsanitary conditions.

The vacant home was condemned in October. The city was set to take the owner to court this month, but right before that happened, the house was torn down.

“Once they started taking it down, it took them no time at all,” Fernandez said. “I’m kind of pleased with what we got now. It’s a lot better than what we had.”

10 On Your Side spoke with the woman who lived in the home. She said she’s happy everything is taken care of.

“10 On Your Side made it happen,” Fernandez said. “I thought [10 On Your Side] was just a logo. I’ll tell you, this is the end result of your efforts, and everybody in the neighborhood is thankful to you guys for it.”

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