People who live in the area are angry and nervous, and afraid to sleep at night. But mostly, they're disappointed that someone would destroy what they call a piece of 5th Ward history.
"It's sad because, I mean, I've been here since 1975 and it was a store then, and it was a store, I'm sure, before I got here," one resident recalled. "To see it just demolished is just a sad thing. It's just another piece of 5th Ward history, though. The church was burned down this year, too, so that's another piece of history gone."
Arson officials are investigating. We're told there may be more than one suspect in this case, but no arrests have been made.
Neighborhood protection patrols are canvassing the neighborhood. Residents hope someone is caught before there's another fire and before anyone gets hurt.