DENISON, TX -- Residents of a neighborhood near Hwy 84 breathed a sigh of relief, after a troublesome house was finally torn down.
Glen Foster, property owner, said he bought the land five years ago to use for future development. The land contained a century-old house he wanted to avoid demolishing.
But the house was in bad shape and continued to sit vacant.
"Not a safe condition. Vagrants could get in it. And either burn the house down or create problems for the neighborhood," Foster said.
Neighbors started to voice their concerns to him, he said.
"And we tried to prevent from having to take it down, but it's just getting unsafe, and it just got to a point where we needed to take it down," he said.
That's what happened Tuesday, as they burned the rubble of the house, which they demolished a few weeks ago.
"Neighbors are already complimenting on how clean and how nice the area looks. We're gonna keep it mowed it, especially right here on this corner," he said.
Neighbors News 12 talked to didn't want to speak on camera.
But Denison police say abandoned houses can often attract illegal activity.
"If you happen to see someone you think is suspicious or does not have a right to be at a certain location, contact us immediately," said Lt. Fred Tillman.
Residents said off-camera they're relieved the house is finally gone - especially with cooler weather on the way, which they say attracts more vagrants seeking shelter.
"We're glad we had the opportunity to clean up the neighborhood," Foster said.
Foster said he plants to turn the land into a residential development in the next few years.