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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - FOX59 is working to get rid of a giant tree on top of a house that's creating a dangerous situation.

That tree came down on a vacant house on the 3000 block of W. 29th Street in mid-June during a strong storm.

Ian Albright lives next door and sees children sneaking onto the property and climbing the tree. There are downed power lines in the yard too. He's afraid someone is going to get hurt.

"It’s, uh, very dangerous," he said. "It’s certainly a public health concern."

We contacted the City's Department of Business and Neighborhood Services. Spokesman Dimitri Kyser said the department had received a complaint about the tree and contacted the property owner, Chase Bank.

"An order to repair was issued. The bank (Chase) is working with Safeguard Properties to remedy the situation (i.e. remove the tree, make repairs and secure the fence). The property owner(s) has been given some time to come in to compliance; however, if no attempts to repair and abate the nuisance are made, and a safety risk to neighbors and the community continues BNS will take additional action to see that the situation is rectified."

We also contacted Chase and a spokeswoman said the company was investigating the matter. Albright said it's time for someone to take responsibility and clean up the mess.

“Like myself and many other people in this neighborhood, we own these properties. We have a vested interest in this neighborhood. And then we work hard to try to clean it up and make it look nice and then you’ve got stuff like this."