Ongoing problem of Oildale eyesores

Posted at 11:54 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 02:54:40-04

Things like shoes, ragged clothing and empty propane tanks sit outside the now charred and abandoned home, leaving residents fed up with what isn't being done in their neighborhood.

On Wednesday night 23 ABC first brought you the story about an Oildale house that went up in flames.

The 6p.m. news cast started with “We begin tonight with some breaking news. You are looking at live pictures of emergency crews at a fire on North Chester Avenue in Oildale...,” said Parks.

Now just a few days later neighbors like Ryan Medrano are voicing their opinions, saying houses like that make it look like cares.

“It makes the neighborhood look kind of bad because if you see that house and everyone's always going to be like oh look at that house,” said Medrano.

But some residents like Stephanie Blevins are even saying that when you cross the bridge into Oildale you can tell the level of interest disappears.

“All the attention from the city stops. From like the lights to even simple things like the repairs to the bushes and trees and things like that,” said Blevins.

Something that makes even teenagers like Octavio Ramirez, that live in Oildale, sometimes feel disgraced to call it home.

“I'm not going to lie...I kind of...Oildale...from being raised in Oildale I'm like...I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of ashamed,” said Ramirez.

But residents are also saying that these structures aren't just eye sores, but that the type of crowd it draws in isn't always the safest.

“People in Oildale that might be homeless that need assistance that don't get it. People that might be on drugs that you know pretty much just destroy the community around it,” said Blevins.

“I've had people ask me for cigarettes and like lighters and stuff and like I'm 16.said Ramirez.

But residents also say that even though these things happen -- they hope the neighborhood can rise above this to change its identity because the home right next door -- is for sale.

Residents also couldn't help but say thank you for doing this story because the number of properties like this in their area is unacceptable.