EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- Two disabled Eau Claire residents were at risk of having their house condemned because of health-code violations, until a handful of caring strangers pitched in to help them clean up.
Sixty-year-old Cindy Hazelton and 50-year-old Mike Nelson say the volunteers answered their prayers.
A health inspector had found the house crammed with stacks of boxes. The home smelled of pet urine, windows were broken and sinks and walls needed repairs.
After local TV stations reported on the couple's situation, several volunteers showed up Friday to help clean up.
Hazelton tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram she and Nelson are disabled and on a fixed income, which made it hard for them to clean.
Volunteer Lynette Ketcham-Allemann of Eau Claire says community members need to look out for one another.
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