You may have heard about the four abandoned Art Deco buildings that went up in flames in South Beach over the past two weeks. If you live in South Beach, you may have smelled the smoke from your bedroom at 2 a.m. and scurried from your apartment with your wife, cat, guitar, and Charlie Hough rookie card in tow. The Miami Beach police have charged Joel Paul Williams, 33, “a Miami native with a penchant for knives and the word ‘Rage’ tattooed on his abdomen”, with setting one of the fires, and he is the only current person of interest in the arson spree, according to the Herald. With the smoke clearing — hopefully for good — we went out this morning and documented the aftermath of Williams’ alleged pyromania.
Tyler Apartments (420 21st Street; caught fire Feb. 9)
Collins Plaza Hotel (318 20th Street; caught fire Feb. 14)
Copley Terrace Apartments (435 20th Street; caught fire Feb. 15)
1817 James Ave (caught fire Feb. 16)