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Residents in the Cordova neighborhood were ecstatic when the house and debris were finally getting cleaned up. Residents in the Cordova neighborhood were ecstatic when the house and debris were finally getting cleaned up.
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(WMC-TV) - The home that once belonged to the "Soul Man" himself, Isaac Hayes, that eventually burned down is now at the center of a bizarre legal fight.

Residents in the Cordova neighborhood were ecstatic when the house and debris were finally getting cleaned up. It even sold to an investor. Then a glitch in environmental court makes the future of the house uncertain.

"It's sad cause friends and neighbors come by and say, "What's doing on with that house?" said neighbor David Gilmore talk about the home which has been an eyesore since it burned last year.

Code enforcement cited the owners of the house, Kenneth and Dorris Peters, for not cleaning it up in July.

Then on Tuesday, the family sold the house to Trent Martin who planned to renovate it and sell it.

But on Friday Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter refused to recognize the sale because Peters did not show up in court. Martin, who was in court, said he has a signed contract.

Judge Potter issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Kenneth Peters.

"I think it's been blown way out of proportion," said Dorris. "We've been trying to work on it for a very long time. He had several strokes right after it was over, and it's been hard trying to get things done."

Kenneth was in bed Friday as a results of the several strokes. He said he did not know he was supposed to show up in court. This whole thing was a surprise to him.

Martin says he is continuing the cleanup while this gets straightened out. He says it will take six to eight months to complete the renovations.

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter did not want to do an interview about the case because it has not been resolved.

As for that bench warrant for Kenneth Peters, it is not clear what will happen with that. He has contacted his attorney.

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