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Now, it’s only the House of Rat …. and junk

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on April 30, 2013 at 8:34 am | No Comments »
April 30, 2013 8:34 am

Yes, the television show ‘Hoarders: Buried Alive’ did a major cleanup of the Spanaway House of Rats last week, but no – the job, apparently, isn’t done.

Neighbors Sharon and Richard Collins, whose complaints led to what work has been done, e-mailed this morning at 6 a.m.

“The house still has all the cars still in the yard, our gardener just picked up a huge rat just outside our bedroom window, the old sofa, parts of the piano and garbage are still in the front yard. Received another letter from the health dept. stating that the place has passed inspection and no more  health dept. inspections are necessary. Now what??”


Well, now it’s up to those daffy Canadian brothers who own the house – Mark and Tony Gore. Last week they vowed to clean whatever the TV crew left behind, and the neighborhood must rely on them.

Out-of-state, out-of-country property owners can be notoriously slow to deliver on their promises, but the Gores have every reason to act. They can’t rent the place as-is. They can’t sell the place as-is and profit from the sale.

Expect more work to be done – although for the Collins family, patience has long ago been lost.

And finding one rat where 11 once danced and played? Apparently, in Pierce County, that’s progress.

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