Neighbors concerned about abandoned house fires in West Palm Beach

Neighbors concerned about abandoned house fires in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Neighbors along Division Avenue in West Palm Beach say they are concerned after another abandoned home caught fire on the street.

Fire crews responded to a house engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning.


The fire at the abandoned house happened on this same block as a number of other abandoned home fires about a month ago.

"I think they need to tear down some of these abandoned homes. If they don't, next think you know it might be worse than this," neighbor Betty Lester said.

West Palm Beach police arrested Tarra Stuckey on an arson charge related to the Tuesday fire.

But they say she is not necessarily connected to the other fires.

She denied starting the fire, but investigators say she had soot on her.

Neighbor's say they've seen homeless people inside the homes.

"They go in there, they smoke crack, have tricks and those things," Lester said.

Some of the homes are considered historical in the neighborhood. There were plans to restore them, but the future now is unknown.

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