City wants to tear down house gutted by fire


More than five months have passed since a fire gutted a house on West Brown Street in Seymour.

On Aug. 9, the Seymour Board of Public Works and Safety declared the property at 907 W. Brown St. unsafe, taking steps to have it demolished.

The board conducted a public hearing on the matter and decided to give property owner Dustin Furkin of Seymour 10 more days before filing suit to have the house razed.

That deadline ended Monday.

City ordinance administrator Jeremiah Tracey reported Monday that some work had been done to the property since the hearing, but it may not be enough.

“It’s something I’m going to have to talk to our attorney about,” Tracey said Monday morning.

Tracey said he sent a notice to Furkin on June 12 advising him the house needed to be fixed or torn down.

Furkin did not attend the August hearing.

“It has been burned down for a while. It’s pretty much gutted,” Tracey said of the house. “I know some of the foundation is bowed out, specifically the front half of the house.”

Seymour firefighters responded to a fire at the address at 1:45 a.m. March 5. The home was vacant; however, when firefighters arrived, the front door was open.

Tracey said originally, a man, not Furkin, had called the city’s planning and zoning department within 20 days of the notice to correct being sent and said he was going to work on the home.

“He had contacted us with a plan to fix it, a plan to correct,” Tracey said. “It wasn’t the property owner, but he told us he was working and that he would get around to it when he could.”

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