A home in West York has been deemed unfit for human occupation for the second time in about a year.
Borough officials found rodents and insects in the home where five people and their pets lived at 1110 W. Poplar St. when they went there Monday afternoon, said West York Fire Capt. Charles Zienkiewicz.
The fire department, which also enforces borough codes, went to the two-story rowhouse after receiving multiple complaints from neighbors.
There was a noticeable stench when officials ascended the front steps of the home.
Cockroaches could be seen around the cracks around the front door, Zienkiewicz, said.
"When we arrived, we took notice to signs of infestation," he said.
Forced out: Five adults were forced from the house because of the conditions, Zienkiewicz said.
Since the owners of the house are a couple in their 60s, the state Department of Aging has been notified to assist the couple, he said.
Seven dogs and a parrot were rescued from the house and are in "protective custody" at the York County SPCA, said Melissa Smith, its executive director.
"The dogs appear to be all fine," Smith said.
The small dogs and parrot will be undergo medical examinations, and SPCA officials will have to legally obtain custody of the animals since two of their owners were not home when the pets were seized.
Its doubtful the animals will ever go back to the property.
"It would be very unlikely they'll (the animals) go back to that property," Smith said.
Inside: Wearing white coveralls, fire department officials entered the house to investigate conditions. At times, they had to wear breathing apparatus, normally used to fight fires, because of the smell.
Inside, officials found a pest and rodent infestation.
"They were everywhere," Zienkiewicz said of rodents found in the house.
Everyone who entered the house had to be decontaminated by being hosed down with water from a fire engine when they came out, he said.
About a year ago, the house was also deemed unfit for human occupation because of similar problems, he said.
The occupants were able to clean up the mess and moved back in, but conditions returned to what they were, Zienkiewicz said.
A padlock was placed on the front door, barring anyone from entering, and a yellow sign stating the home is unfit was stapled to the door.
"It is unfit for human occupation," Zienkiewicz said.
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