Yesterday, my fellow Northside blogger Hawthorne Hawkman managed to confirm what I strongly suspected:
A house fire on the 2000 block of 21st Ave. N. took place at slumlord Mahmood Khan's property at 2008 21st Ave. N., pictured above. This is the SECOND near-fatal fire at a Khan property to take place this year.
It was only back in early March when a fire at 4425 Aldrich Ave. N. injured nine people, leading to a lot of media coverage and editorial comments by this blogger which were strongly-worded even by my usual freewheeling standards.
Allow me to refresh the public memory about what I said regarding slumlord Mahmood Khan after the house fire which injured nine people...
WHEN IS THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS GOING TO TAKE THIS BASTARD'S RENTAL LICENSES!???? WHEN CHILDREN DIE!!??
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Two fires at two Khan properties in such a short period of time is either suspicious or negligent, take your pick. It has been said that tragedy strikes in threes, but twice now our city has gotten lucky. Nobody died in the first house fire, even though a 4-year-old child was thrown out a second story window into the arms of a Fire Department truck driver. Nobody died in this second house fire, even though a family was displaced.
Will our city get so lucky a third time?
There should not be a third time.
The City of Minneapolis must act, and act quickly and decisively, to strip Mahmood Khan of his rental licenses and take control of his slummy rental properties before American citizens die in a preventable tragedy under the very eyes of their city government.
Act, City Government of Minneapolis, ACT!!!
Stop jabber-jawing about this situation, stop shuffling papers, stop waiting for "the process" to play itself out.
ACT, ACT, ACT before children DIE.