Temple: City orders homeowners to raze 16-year-old deck

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Temple homeowner June Cummings and her husband started to tear down a 16-year-old deck that was built before they purchased their house five years ago after city inspection officials told them it encroaches on the easement and violates fire codes.

(Photo by Megan Vanselow)

The Cummings wanted to move the deck off the easement, but city officials told them that any structure between two homes is a violation of the city’s fire code.

“We thought ‘wow had we known that, in our aging years, there's no way we would've purchased this home,’” Cummings said Wednesday.

The city confirmed the investigation of a code violation and said that even though the deck had been in place for almost a decade when the Cummings bought the house, the couple is responsible for razing it.

Cummings says she doesn’t blame Temple for enforcing its codes, but has a warning for others on the hunt for a new home.

“Please just make sure that you're aware of what you're buying. Have structures been permitted? Is there any boundary line problems? It could save a lot of torment for people in the future.”

The Cummings hope to find another way to use the space once the deck is gone.