Alleged Jacksonville drug, prostitution house burns; neighbors say 'deliverance' has come

by: Cole Heath, Action News Jax Updated:

Only on Action News Jax, we expose a suspected drug house and place of prostitution.

We’ve learned that a burning home we first told you about as breaking news on Thursday is actually an alleged crime hot spot.

Neighbors say criminals were common at the mobile home off Jackson Terrace in Arlington. A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report shows someone was shot and killed at the home in 2014.

On Thursday, fire crews said electrical issues with the AC unit likely sparked the flames that gutted the trailer off Jackson Terrace near Regency Mall. Everyone inside made it out OK.

“A cleansing fire for the neighborhood, make it nice and quiet again,” one neighbor said.

The trailer’s owner, Carol-Ann Williams, wasn’t home because she was already in jail on a drug charge before the fire.

JSO records show 9 total arrests for the 53-year-old Williams, with charges ranging from drugs to prostitution.


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Action News Jax Crime and Safety Expert Ken Jefferson broke down all the complaint calls made about the people living in the trailer.

“A lot of times call in under suspicion of, without proof of the suspicion of it’s difficult for an officer to act,” Jefferson said.

Jefferson said out of the 25 calls for service listed to the home, an arrest was made one time.

“Officers still have to prove what’s going on, if they make an arrest they have to convince the state attorney to press charges,” Jefferson said.

”We have prayed and prayed, we have been waiting for great deliverance, we have our deliverance,” a neighbor said.

The city is looking into if the property will be demolished.

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