DETROIT October 25 2016: The Detroit Fire Department has had a rough 36 hours. 5 of their firefighters have been conveyed to local hospitals due to injuries suffered on fire scenes. A suspicious fire on Monday at an abandoned apartment building saw the first 3 injured firefighters. Those injured firefighters were conveyed by Detroit EMS for injuries ranging from back issues to burns.
On Tuesday afternoon at 3:17PM, a Detroit firefighter was injured battling a suspicious in origin fire at Ashton & Westfield on Detroit’s NW side. Battalion Chief 2 advised central dispatch that he had an injured firefighter that needed medical attention. Detroit EMS was already on standby at the scene of the fire and conveyed the injured firefighter to Detroit Receiving Hospital. The firefighter’s injuries are unknown.
Battalion Chief 2 has an injured firefighter being transported to the hospital by DEMS.
— The Detroit Scanner (@DetroitScanner) October 25, 2016
7:52PM on Tuesday evening saw the 5th Detroit firefighter experience an injury at a suspicious fire in Detroit’s NE on Rossini & Rex. Battalion Chief 9 reported to central dispatch that he required a Detroit EMS Unit for an injured firefighter on scene. The DEMS unit on scene had been released earier by Chief 9. Detroit EMS Unit 24 responded and conveyed the injured firefighter to St John’s Hospital on Moross Rd in NE Detroit. The firefighters injuries are unknown.
DEMS Medic 24 conveying injured firefighter from Rex & Rossini Box to St Johns Hospital. Battalion Chief 9 following https://t.co/Hq6U67l49j
— The Detroit Scanner (@DetroitScanner) October 26, 2016
All three fires were suspicious in origin. October’s “Devil’s Night” or “Angel’s Night” as its called these days, does historically see an uptick in suspicious/arson fires. These arson fires usually begin to appear in the last week of October. This year seems no different, except for the injuries to the men and women tasked with protecting the populace. Theoretically, those responsible for these fires; if caught, could be criminally charged for the injuries incurred by the firefighters.