Dozens and dozens of mattresses and box springs are stacked up 10 feet high outside the garage at a home in the 1500 block of Gale Street on Indianapolis’ east side. The backyard is also filled with trash and neighbors say, they’ve had enough.
“I’m sure there’s probably rodents that are living in there and Lord knows what else,” said neighbor Wade Means.
Neighbors said the mattresses are not only a health threat, but a fire hazard, especially since several abandoned homes in the area have been set fire recently.
“If someone were to come by and just throw a cigarette out it could cause that house my house and surrounding houses to be caught on fire,” said neighbor Emily Lotz.
Fox59 knocked on the door of the home, but we were told the property owner was not available.
Lotz said the condition outside the home makes their skin crawl.
“It does crawl. It’s awful. You shouldn’t have to live in a neighborhood where there is something like that you should wanna live somewhere where it’s clean,” said Lotz.
The Marion County Health Department said the property is in violation and the owner has a week to clean up the mess themselves or they will face fines and penalties.
Neighbors said the man is stripping the metal out of the bedding and is selling it for scrap.