Nick Lestina from Bagley, Iowa, was ready to put his Iowa home on the market when he discovered that his basement became flooded with blood and animal remains.
A mortified Lestina told WHO-T:
“Nobody wants to see that, smell that. I wouldn’t want that for anybody, to have that in their house.”
The father of five saw the scene out of a horror movie on October 3 when he went to retrieve a power drill from the basement. It was then that he noticed the sump pump pumping out blood.
— KTIV News Four (@ktivnews) October 16, 2019
I love how the dad’s just standing there like “Well I guess it’s a dang Shining” https://t.co/LvCCIM0ebU
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) October 17, 2019
Investigators used fluorescent dye and traced the source of the foul remains to Lestina’s neighbor, Dahl’s Custom Meat Locker, whose owners dumped hog and cattle remains down the floor drain pipes connected to Lestina’s home.
Lestina told the Des Moines Register there hadn’t been a problem for ten years living next door to the slaughterhouse until recently.
IMAGE WARNING: Dahl Meat was sending some animal blood drawn down a floor drain instead of keeping it all in a holding tank. “We’re taking responsibility of it even though it wasn’t our fault,” said Kaitlin Dahl, co-owner of Dahl’s Meat Locker. https://t.co/bt0Mk3lZ0g
— We Are Iowa Local 5 (@weareiowa5news) October 16, 2019
The Iowa Department of Public Health barred the family from entering the home due to it being a biohazard.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources senior environment specialist Keith Wilken described the olfactory assault.
“It smelled like a meat processing facility when I entered the house.”
He was not at the wrong address, either.
People commented online on the blood bath that wasn’t a crime scene.
Racecar Bed Destroyed By Blood Flood
— David Fawcett (@unionteach) October 17, 2019
want to sit in it and row about, in the private lake of blood
— kyle (@space_hors) October 17, 2019
"Some things you just think you'll never see," said Nick Lestina, who has lived next door to Dahl's Custom Meat Locker for 10 years. https://t.co/6WUBGkao9E
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 17, 2019
OMG! I would Freak Out!!!
— James (@1Carp777) October 16, 2019
A clog in the line is likely the cause for the nightmarish scene.
Wilkins explained that tile lines usually flow out into surface waters, and he was unable to determine the end of this particular line.
“It’s obviously plugged or broken right now. But discharging animal blood or animal fat would be illegal.”
As an Iowa native, I'm proud to see that we still know how to do Halloween. https://t.co/28Tbu3D9Pb
— Philip Klinkner (@pklinkne) October 16, 2019
I will be checking my Iowa basement for blood for the next forever
— Molly Monkster Mash ???? (@notrealMolly) October 17, 2019
"Blood fills Iowa family’s basement" is a Slayer lyric
— I am so sad (@HayekandHockey) October 17, 2019
Kaitlin and Jared Dahl bought the meat locker in April and said they “didn’t change a thing from the previous owner.”
“Everything was signed off on and was up to regulations so we didn’t think there were any issues.”
For now, the family is staying with family in Panora until it is safe to go back home, and it sounds like cleaning up the gruesome remains will take some time.
“I’ve had a company come out for cleaning and sanitizing, but they can’t start that process until it stops coming up the drain”
“I’ve been talking to different excavation people. It hasn’t been a promising deal. I need dry weather.”
The exhausting process itself is a nightmare that will roughly cost $2,000.
“That’s going to eat up the insurance right there. I also got a quote from a plumber at $2,300 for the sump pump and the water heater since the pump, which is only three months old, had a bunch of animal fat run through it.”
plumber: yeah see what you got here is your classic “house possessed by a demonic presence.” gonna cost a bundle to fix and it’s never covered by your homeowners insurance https://t.co/0gM2L4ZoIH
— ???? spooky homie ???? (@KWholesaler) October 16, 2019
Lestina said that the Dahl’s initially didn’t respond to his concern. Now that his story aired on the news, the Dahl’s are cooperating with investigators and have reached out to the family.
Kaitlin Dahl assured she always meant to help the Lestina family.
“We don’t want to harm anybody. We’re not bad people. We’re trying to make a living, not enemies.”
Lestina hopes to settle the situation without involving the court.
“I just want to move back into my house. I’m not looking for a pity party. I just want them to take responsibility for what’s been caused. I feel that’s fair.”
Among the items destroyed in the unfinished basement was a bed the family was saving for one of their children.
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