Two massive fires in vacant buildings in a one-month period have area businesses and residents asking if more should be done to secure vacant buildings in Downtown St. Joseph.
Cole Woodbury, president of the Historic St. Joseph Foundation and a Downtown business owner, sees vacant buildings as a problem.
Mike Neylon, with the St. Joseph Fire Department, said individuals who are homeless break in to vacant structures to have a place to stay. Once a break-in is reported and a building is secured, Neylon said, it’s only a matter of time before it happens again.
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