PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Two years after police broke up a drug operation at a Port Orchard home, the contaminated house sits as it did then: a hazard, filled with chemicals saturating the walls and floors, that’s next to the home of a family with two young girls.
A sign with skull and crossbones is on the door, and danger and warning signs are posted at the home on Sidney Avenue and Southeast Lund Avenue.
“My kids go nowhere near that place,” said Rebecca Sootoo, mother of two.
“The drainage comes right back into our property,” she said. “I’m concerned about that.”
Rebecca’s husband showed a KIRO 7 Eyewitness News crew the home where meth was cooked and where there was also once a tree house to cook the chemicals. Muriatic acid was found inside the home — an ingredient in meth.
The contaminated property sits uphill from the family’s home, separated only by a common driveway.
The Port Orchard Development Director told KIRO 7 the city can do nothing. It’s up to the owner to clean up the home.
But the owner recently died.
The property is in the process of being foreclosed.
“I feel trapped,” Rebecca Sootoo said.
The Sootoos said there’s no way they can sell their home in this market with the contaminated home in view nearby.
They said they can only hope the poison is contained on that property and not seeping into theirs.