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Burned Neighborhood Battles Rats

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capt cc0537aa63784b9591fa5e0c5287753a cc0537aa63784b9591fa5e0c5287753a 01 e1284668138965 Burned Neighborhood Battles RatsA Detroit neighborhood hit hard by last week’s fires that tore through dozens of homes and buildings is now facing a new problem — rats. 

Valeria McKinstry lives on Robinwood Street, and is surrounded by about eight empty burned out homes.

She tells WWJ Newsradio 950 that while the city is tearing down the neighboring homes, it’s creating a rat problem on her street.

“All that vibration from the big semi trucks, it’s shaking my house and it’s running the rats out…I woke up this morning and I’ve got a rat in my house!”  she said.

McKinstry said she’s never before seen rats come out in broad daylight, and she’s worried.

“What if one of those rats bites one of these children, or bites us in these houses, in our homes? We don’t know what they’re infected with,” she said.

McKinstry said she tried calling city officials and animal control, but was given the run around. WWJ has a call out to the Mayor’s office for comment.

(Copyright 2010 WWJ Radio.  All Rights Reserved.)

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