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Citizens fear Port Arthur's old water treatment plant is a danger

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It's one of the oldest buildings in Port Arthur, but instead of being historical, it's a headache.

Some in the city want it torn down before someone gets hurt.

The building is the city's old water treatment plant.  It is located in the 1400 block of 19th Street. That's just off of Savannah Avenue.

People living nearby consider the deteriorating building an eyesore, some also fear it could become a death trap, especially for neighborhood children who might be led to it out of curiosity, or even a homeless person seeking shelter.

Taridus Felder said, "That don't even make no sense, they just need to go ahead and tear it down, because it's raggedy as hell."

There is a fence that surrounds the building, but as we found out it really can't keep people out.

There is a lock on a gate, but it is just hanging there, and the gate is open.

Once inside, there are numerous hazards, like broken glass, deep open holes and exposed wiring.

12News called to talk to acting Port Arthur city manager John Comeaux, but we were told he was out of the office today and was told to leave a message with Director of Development Services Ron Burton.  As of news time we have not heard back from Mr. Burton.

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