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What’s the story behind the property at 17 S. Fourth St.?

Shelby Sebens
Fourth Street fire

A Wilmington firefighter escapes from the third floor of a home at 17 S. Fourth St. that caught on fire on Dec. 11, 2007. (StarNews file photo)

The city has two active code violations on the property at 17 S. Fourth St. – a minimum housing code and public nuisance violations, said Williane Carr, chief Code Enforcement officer for Wilmington.

The minimum housing code violation occurred after further dilapidation occurred following a fire in December 2007.

In February 2011, the property owner was given 180 days to repair the house and did not comply. The owner was fined $500 in September 2011. The city’s next step is to send another citation and to consider demolition, Carr said.

The public nuisance violation deals with the abatement of environmental issues – the removal of an underground oil tank – on the property. The owner has been working with the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The city has contacted the owner and inspected the property. The next step is to re-inspect it and if the issue is not resolved the city will send another notice of violation, Carr said.

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