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Spokane man continues cleaning up after squatter nightmare

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One Spokane man thought he was done with a squatter nightmare but it continues as he cleans up the mess the squatters left.

KHQ first spoke with Gene Thomsen back on September 20 about how he was able to get the squatters out of his house with the help of the Gonzaga law clinic and police. But, there was trash piled to the ceiling in rooms, and out in the backyard. Needles were all over the place.

Now, the yard is a lot clearer than before and he’s getting through cleaning out the rooms inside.  

“I at least have a bedroom now. Before this was stacked halfway up there,” Gene says.

For the past few weekends, his friends and family have been coming out to help clean.

“We had a tractor out here with a loader on the front so he could just scoop it up and put it in saved us a whole bunch of time,” he says.

But it has been costly. He’s paid $595 so far in dump fees and will likely pay more as he has at least one more load to haul off.

Even though there is a lot more work to be done, Gene is so grateful for the help he’s received.

“It's just incredible. You don't realize how many friends you have until you're here,” he says. 

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