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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vacant Buildings Going Up in Flames in Lorain

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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The latest dispatch from Northeast Ohio's black sheep of a cousin comes from the Morning Journal and details a problem that bombed-out cities like Youngstown have already been dealing with: vacant buildings going up in flames. Foreclosed houses and boarded-up buildings are ground zero for behavior best not carried out in the public eye. As you could imagine, the drug users, homeless, and other transients that pop in for a sesh treat the vacant properties like The Who treated hotel rooms, except with conflagrations as an added benefit.

“The city of Lorain has a problem with vacant house fires,” Lorain Fire Chief Tom Brown said. “We have absentee landlords and homeowners. People get into the houses and cause crime. We don’t have any witnesses or descriptions of suspects. We need help.”

“It’s been going on too long,” Brown said. “It has gotten worse over the past few years.”

“We’ve got people using drugs or smoking in the winter months. We’ve got people making heat sources,” Brown said. Fenn added that investigators have found drug paraphernalia, empty liquor bottles and copper pipes torn from vacant houses.

No witnesses, no evidence except for an empty bottle of malt liquor, and more importantly, a depleted staff without the resources to tackle the investigation, even if there were anything concrete to investigate.

PSA to the drug users and vagabonds in Lorain: do what you need to do, just make sure that cig is out before you leave. That'd be darling of you. Thanks.

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