OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s happened again, vandals hit the old John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City.
Saturday a fire broke out inside the building that has been vacant for years.
Graffiti stains the brick of the school and broken windows border the building.
It’s the view from Thomas Thomas’s porch but he said it’s more than just an eye sore.
“It’s like an invitation for mischief,” Thomas said.
Now the trouble has turned dangerous with Saturday’s fire.
Investigators said the blaze broke out in a closet inside the school and was intentionally set intentionally.
It caused $5,000 in damages.
“I worry about what’s happening in the community,” Thomas said. “That’s my greater concern. If there’s a fire there and it gets out of control.”
John Marshall graduate, James Snow, said not only is the vandalism a danger to the community, he sees the building as a waste of tax payer dollars.
He said, “I pass by and think, ‘Why is that still here?’”
The district is working to sell the building and said Premier Assets Incorporated of Oklahoma City is interested in buying the it.
The business said it plans to tear it down and build a residential property.
That’s promising to people who live nearby like Thomas.
“If you get rid of it, you get rid of the problem,” he said.
Premier Assets said lots of costs will be involved in building the residential property and executives are thinking about options.
The district should know something definitive within the next 30 days.