Fire destroys Mid-City drug house

June 14, 2008

By Jonathan Edwards

A two-alarm fire ripped through a vacant Mid-City drug house Saturday morning and burned it to the ground.

“I was there, seeing all the smoke get darker and darker, and then the flames shot out,” Joseph said, who lives across the street but declined to give his last name. “Electrical wires was popping and s*** under that. It was a hell of a fire. I don’t know what caused it, but I know it was a big-ass damn fire.”

Joseph Brock

It took 50 firefighters 2 1/2 hours to control the blaze at the two-story building at the corner of Banks and South Gayoso streets. No other structures were damaged.

The vacant building was a well-known hub of drug activity, said community activist Jospeh Brock.

“Thank the lord!” Brock wrote in an e-mail to members of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization in the hours after the fire. “The drug white house on the corner on Banks Street & S. Gayoso is burning down!…with this house gone it will help with the bring down the drug traffic.”

No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.