Tuesday, July 10, 2012
More on Last Night's Fire at Webb Elementary
Reader Diane J. writes in with these photos and a report (echoing reports from other residents) of a neighbor seeing someone inside the building shortly before the fire. Some neighbors have suggested that squatters may have been living in the vacant school (it was being used as storage space). Here's a link to my earlier post on the topic, and here are two (non-satirical) posts from Titan of Trinidad.
The school has sat empty (other than the office furniture stored there) for the past few years. It was supposed to be surplused, and offered to private developers, but then the city decided to maybe keep it for an unspecified future government use. Then they didn't identify any such use, and it was to go back on the surplus property list. You can read more about the problematic history of that mess on the Trinidad Neighborhood Association's blog.