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Jun 7, 2016 1:23 PM

UPDATE: City seizes Franklin 'House of Horrors' and will pay to clean up property

Gretchen Grosky

FRANKLIN - The city has taken ownership of home found in such squalor Monday the family was ordered to evacuate immediately.

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said the home of Joshua Herne was seized Monday night for failure to pay $10,729.50 in property taxes and penalties. She said the city is currently gathering quotes to determine the cost of cleaning up the property. Should Herne want to buy his property back, he will have to pay all back taxes, penalties, legal fees, as well as the cost of the clean-up, Dragon said.

PHOTO GALLERY: 9 pictures from filthy Franklin home kids forced to evacuate from

Herne, 29, was arrested following a short foot chase Sunday after he escaped out a second-floor window, climbed down a tree, and ran. Police were let into the home by 30-year-old Heather Avery who was there with three children. Inside officers found trash piled 3 feet high in some rooms, an overflowing toilet, a kitchen full of empty milk jugs, hundreds of cigarette butts around the sink, and in the middle of it all, a baby's play pen.

Police arrested Herne on a warrant charging him with sales of a controlled narcotic and resisting arrest.

Several agencies have been called into to help investigate, police said.

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