Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Haunted House from Hell

Haunted House from Hell

At about six-thirty P.M., Monday, January 16th, 2012, the Portsmouth Fire Department responded to a fire at 1914 7th Street, a property previously owned by the bankrupt Shane DeSimone. Police Chief Bill Raison told the Portsmouth Daily Times he believes the fire was deliberately set, possibly by a firebug.

This is the house A.D.—
After DeSimone acquired it,
But before his bankruptcy
And before a firebug fired it.

It’s a fiery hell to a parson—
To a firebug it’s fuel.
Anywhere else it’s arson—
In Portsmouth it’s urban renewal.

Still-standing now, after the fire,
It’s a burned-out, asbestos-shingled shell.
But will it, like Dracula, never expire—
This haunted house from hell?