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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A yard covered in trash left residents in one Dallas neighborhood confused. The city issued a citation and then a clean up crew showed up and got to work.

The home is about to be put up for sale, but neighbors spent days wondering who was going to clean up the mess.

People in the area told CBS 11 News no one has lived in the home for four years. The owner is dead and the bank took possession of the property, having all of the contents moved from inside to the front lawn.

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“It’s just the worst I’ve seen in a long time,” neighbor Nancy Nix said.

Nix saw something sadder than trashy chaos stacked high and wide. “I see sadness,” she said. “It breaks my heart.”

There was one mailbox overflowing among the preserved, Tudor-style homes of Dallas’ Hollywood Santa Monica neighborhood. The house lay bare with everything basically turned inside out.

Belle Trankle lives next door. “The person died in the home. No one came to claim the belongings.”

Realtors assigned to sell the now-foreclosed house had everything removed. Everything. A family’s treasure of photos, books, papers and possessions were now in a trash heap.

(credit: Troy Larkins/CBS 11 News)

(credit: Troy Larkins/CBS 11 News)

Trankle and others in the area felt the mess was sending a very bad message. “We don’t want this in our neighborhood,” she said. “I can speak for the neighbors knowing we take pride in this neighborhood. We love living here. We would like to see this removed immediately.”

It was immediate, but a clean up team started filling a hauling tank late Thursday afternoon.

While the removed boxes and bags of litter is eliminating a neighborhood eyesore, the collection of a family’s life has turned from prized possessions to unwanted debris.

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